Resurrection: Ramtin Zad
Starts: Mon, 30 April 2012, 07:00 p.m.
Ends: Thu, 24 May 2012, 06:00 p.m.
Location: Etemad Gallery
'Resurrection' is a selection of new paintings and sculptures by Iranian artist Ramtin Zad. Born in Tehran in 1984, Zadʼs artistic career started at an early age but his style and approach is mature for his age. He transforms his thoughts into dream-like landscapes of small and large-scale paintings and has recently began to produce monumental vases more akin to the decorative arts, but also drawing on the Japanese theatre movement of Kabuki.
Zadʼs 'Kabuki' (2011) sculpture is a narrative piece that incorporates the Japanese theatre of Kabuki, although retelling situations and events from an Iranian perspective. The artist also incorporates historical and contemporary symbolism in the work, which is open for interpretation by the viewer. There are political and more cultural references in the work, notably African American Rap music.
His large painting, 'Jungle' (2011) is a depiction of an ambiguous jungle setting.As opposed to detailing the foliage, flowers and general preconceptions of how jungles look, Zad presents what one can imagine as the essence of this place, in all its vibrancy by his use of thick brush strokes, drips and some splattering of acrylic paint. When examining the painting, there is a distinct blue area on the top part of the canvas, clearly differentiating the sky from scenes below. What is below is a mixture of foliage which resembles an explosion of flowers and trees. It certainly depicts the ʻwildnessʼ that jungles are often described as in literature, cinema and music.
Ramtinʼs works lends from Persian literature, folklore and miniatures. They present a fusion of dream and reality, rendering his subjects timeless. The artist wants to take you a world where on the surface it seems familiar but upon close examination all is not what it seems. This can be likened to the society we live in today where things seem harmonious on the surface but on closer examination, things are not as they appear. Ramtin is a storyteller who leaves clues in his works for the viewer to decode, as he prefers to leave them open to interpretation.