TEHRAN –(Iranart)- “Presence of the Future”, a solo exhibition of Iranian mixed media artist Peyman Shaafi will open on Monday at the Tabari Artspace, a modern art gallery in Dubai.
In a statement published on its website, the gallery wrote, “Amidst the ongoing moment of the pandemic, Shaafi has returned to the purity of geometric patterns and their structures of strict mathematical precision in order to make sense of his chaotic reality.”
“He conflates cosmic energy flows with the satisfying order that geometric rhythms propose in order to form a fresh space grounded in positivity.
“The selected works, which span pen and ink sketches and 3-dimensional canvases, form an enriching enquiry into the relationships shared between geometry, astrology and materiality.
“The artist’s modular works on canvas are rooted in his preoccupation with geometric shapes which have been taken as a symbol of universal harmony across cultures. Observing the world through the interpretive systems of both Western and Persian astrology, Sha’afi regards the universe with awe.
“Shaafi looks to the future-seekers of the past, such as Nostradamus to better know the shape of the future. Drawing from this wisdom, the artist maintains that the unprecedented patterns in the skies of the present have given way to the unchartered changes in 2020 which we have begun to witness.”
The exhibit will be running until February 15.
Peyman Shaafi was born in Iran. He spent his youth as a diligent scholar of calligraphy and Persian scripture. Shaafi’s earlier works drew from classic Nastaleeq design, one of the main calligraphic hands used in writing the Persian alphabet, before a shift that saw the artist attempt to reformat the rules and develop his own abstract approach which conflated design and script. Astrology and geometry became of increasing concern to the artist who later began to produce works rooted in eastern and western approaches to stargazing and future-seeking.
Shaafi has pioneered a fresh approach to his medium whereby he formulates 3D modular canvases in varied geometrical shapes which he constructs and stretches by hand. Shaafi then adorns them with oil paint and unexpected materials such as broken mirrors and glass to create experimental textures and aesthetic effects.
Peyman Shaafi lives and works in Paris, France.