Bigindicator

'Guns and Roses'

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
Afshin_pirhashemi__untitled__2007
Untitled, 2007 Oil and Metallic Paint on Canvas 100 X 100 Cm
Alireza_dayani_
Untitled, 2007 Roller Pen or Black Ink on Cardboard 150 X 150 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Farhad_ahrarnia_
Between the Lines, 2008 Photograph Printed on Conton Aida and Embroidery 106 X 97 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Farhad_ahrarnia_
US Soldier I, 2006/7 Photograph Printed on Conton Aida and Embroidery 35 X 38 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Farhad_ahrarnia_
US Soldier II, 2006/7 Photograph Printed on Conton Aida and Embroidery 35 X 38 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Farhad_moshiri_
Three Candles, 2007 Oil on Canvas 190 X 150 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Ghass_rouzkhosh_
Hectic Tranquility II, 2007 Mixed Media 50 X 70 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Ghass_rouzkhosh_
Hectic Tranquility IV, 2007 Mixed Media 50 X 70 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Golnaz_fathi_
Untitled, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 120 X 120 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Golnaz_fathi_
Untitled (II), 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 120 X 120 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Khosrow_hassanzadeh_
Pahlavan, 2000 Mixed Media on Canvas 200 X 200 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Pooya_aryanpour_
Untitled, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 150 X 150 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Pooya_aryanpour_
Untitled, 2008 Acrylic on Canvas Diptych, 180 X 360 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Pooya_aryanpour_
Untitled, 2008 Acrylic on Canvas 150 X 150 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Reza_derakshani_
Rose and Nightingale Series, 2007 Mixed Media on Canvas 150 X 150 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Reza_lavassani_
Wave, 2007 Mixed Media on Canvas 100 X 150 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Samira_alikhanzadeh_
Untitled, 2007 Mirror Collage and Photographic Ink on Board 80 X 80 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Samira_alikhanzadeh_
Untitled, 2007 Mirror Collage and Photographic Ink on Board 80 X 120 Cm © Eleven
Samira_alikhanzadeh_
Untitled, 2007 Mirror Collage and Photographic Ink on Board 120 X 120 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Shahriar_ahmadi_
Fugitively, 2008 Mixed Media on Canvas 206 X 143 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
Shahriar_ahmadi_
Til Our Grapes Turn into Wine, 2008 Mixed Media on Canvas 143 X 143 Cm © Eleven Howland Ltd.
'Guns and Roses'

1 Lumely Street
Mayfair
London W1K 6TT
United Kingdom
May 22nd, 2009 - August 15th, 2009

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.eleven-howland.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
mayfair
EMAIL:  
admin@eleven-howland.com
PHONE:  
+(44)7 957 705 433
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

DESCRIPTION

PRESS RELEASE

Eleven Howland is pleased to present ‘Guns and Roses’, a group exhibition of Iranian contemporary art displaying the works of twelve of the country’s most prominent artists, many of whom are living and working in Iran, at the forefront of one of the most vibrant artistic communities in the Middle East today.

On the thirtieth anniversary of the Iranian revolution, we pause to reflect on the crucial themes that have underpinned Iran’s contemporary visual culture. Guns and Roses loom large - two dominant cultural pillars that have shaped and informed Iran’s artistic landscape. A symbol of conflict and creativity, violence and ideology, the Gun embodies the spirit of militarism rife in a region scarred by a decade that saw bloody revolution followed by a ferocious war with Iraq. Alongside this is the subject of the famous Sufi poet Sa’adi’s “Golestan” - the delicate Rose, whose sublime beauty forever inspires wisdom and grace within Iranian culture.

These themes are earnestly reflected in the works on show. Artists such as Khosrow Hassanzadeh pay tribute to heroic wrestlers, or “Pahlavans”, whilst simultaneously playing with the Iranian consumerist demand for sentimentalist souvenirs. Reza Derakhshani and Pooya Aryanpour reflect the past prominence of floral and calligraphic traditions within contemporary Iranian painting, traditions greatly esteemed for their unmatched lyricism and elegance. In contrast to this, the works of Farhad Ahrarnia and Farhad Moshiri address their country’s frequently conflicted relationship to the rest of the world.

Caught between the grace of Iranian visual culture and the disturbances of conflict are the Iranian people themselves, and their plight is retold with great flare and visual power by figurative artists such as Samira Alikhanzadeh and Afshin Pirhashemi. Pirhashemi in particular captures the duality of Iranian society, set in stark black and white hues; his subject stands in defiance of social expectations, a lone woman with her mane of hair flowing behind in the style of western fashion publications.

The selection at hand therefore aims to earnestly reflect the ideas and social currents at play in what is perhaps one of the most dynamic visual cultures currently emerging in the international art scene.

'Guns and Roses' will feature works from Shahriar Ahmadi, Farhad Ahrarnia, Samira Alikanzadeh, Pooya Aryanpour, Alireza Dayani, Reza Derakshani, Golnaz Fathi, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Reza Lavassani, Farhad Moshiri, Afshin Pirhashemi and Ghass Rouzkhosh.

For more information please contact info@gallery.eleven-howland.com
or call +44 (0)207 636 5069