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  30 June 2017 - 18 July 2017
   
 
 
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  Date of Exhibition: 30 June 2017 - 18 July 2017
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  Construction and Destruction in the Large Frame

In the Ghent Museum of Art there is a still life painting by Willem Claesz Heda in the foreground of which we see messy art work tables with half-eaten cakes, peeled lemons and collapsed wine glasses. In the background, there is a palace which stands firm and solid bearing absolutely no sign of damage. This 17th-century still life is in total contrast to Reza Baharvand's latest body of works.
Unlike the Dutch still life, objects offered to the viewer in Baharvand’s foregrounds are associated with the luxurious life style. They are not only intact and completely safe from damage, they have been gilded for a brighter and more eye-catching appearance, similar to objects spotlighted in store windows. In contrast to this artificial and showcased space, we are faced with ruins in the background: War-stricken urban areas which have been constructed with great care and obsession only to be mercilessly destroyed by their maker.
In the Dutch still life, in order to show the ephemeral nature of life, objects such as skulls, half-finished wine glasses and sand clocks are portrayed in the foreground making the viewer sense his own immediacy to life’s transit nature. In Baharvand’s works, proximity to ruin has given way to distance from it. The ruin is in the background where it casts its spell on the objects before it. With this change in the arrangement of things the painter has defamiliarized the well-known order found in still life paintings.

Man is generally absent in still life and when not totally absent, he has an indirect presence. In Baharvan’s work the objects in the foreground convey man’s sense of relief from the ruin in the background. Man is absent too however his indirect presence is traceable through the ruins in the distance and the gild work in the front.

Still life is a setting of everyday objects within a small frame. Baharvand’s works is totally devoid of such arrangement of everyday objects. In each painting, a single object represents a luxurious life style, with its glitz and glamour reinforced by the glittering material applied by the painter. Moreover, in this series, huge canvasses replace the traditionally small still life canvas. The viewer faces a large object that attempts to mask the ruins in the background. Nevertheless, the ruin is not masked but rather accentuated.
“Destruction” is the central theme of Baharvand’s present body of works. He constructs and destroys, and to further highlight the “destruction” he puts an object before the viewer and displays creation and destruction next to each other.

Amir Nasri
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  Reza Baharvand
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Reza Baharvand
 
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Reza Baharvand
 
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Reza Baharvand
 
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Reza Baharvand
 
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Reza Baharvand
 
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Reza Baharvand
 
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