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Tehran

آبستره ایرانی‌ را از آن رو دوست می‌‌دارم که بسیار زمینی‌ است. چرا نباشد؟ وقتی‌ برآمده از خاک است؛خاکی گسترده از فرات تا   

هرات، بر آمده از میراثی ملموس اما از دست شده. تلالو آسمان لاجوردی است بر خاکی سر سخت و کم حاصل.

آبستره‌های مجموعه‌ای که پیش رو دارید در نگاه من تا بن ایرانی‌ اند گرچه شاید اغلب هنرمندانش در ایران کار و زندگی‌ نکنند و یا نقاشی را اینجا نیاموخته باشند. بوم‌های حمید پازکی همه جلوه‌شان میراث دارآن لعاب‌های سبز آبی گون معماری‌های بابل است.همان لعابی که راهش را از میان دیوار‌های عظیم زاگرس،که شکوه خاکیشان در تابلو‌های رضا حسینی تصویر شده،جسته در کاشی‌های حیرت انگیز مساجد کهن غرب ایران غنوده است.همان کاشی هایی که شاید الهام بخش یعقوب امدادیان بوده در خلق آبستره هایی دنج و آشنا حتّی برای آنان که چشمشان به انتزاع عادت ندارد.

اما ترکیب بندی‌های استاد وزیری مگر غیر از انتزاع تصویر و تصور همان حیات‌های اشرافی زندی و قاجاری در یک بعد از ظهر رخوتناک تابستان است که این چنین ساده شده به دست کلاسیک‌ترین نقاش مدرن ایران بر بوم پهن شده اند.همان حیات خلوت هایی که پاشویه حوض ماهیشان این چنین بی‌ آلایش در آبستره کوچک اما پر احساس فریده لاشایی نشسته است.

فرهاد آذرین 
دی 1391
I like Iranian abstracts because it is very terrestrial; and why it shouldn’t be when it is actually earth-born, emerged from a soil spread from Euphrates to Herat, emerged from a palpable but perished heritage. It’s the effulgence of the azure sky on a thirsty and barren soil.
To me the abstract in the collection you are about to visit are Iranian to the bone regardless that their creators may not working or living in Iran at the moment or have been educated outside this soil. 
Hamid Pazoki’s canvases inherit their glittering appeal from the bluish green enamels of the old Babel. The very same enamel that found its way through gargantuan walls of Zagros, which their earthy splendor is painted on huge canvases of Reza Hossieni, and had rested on the amazing tiles of ancients mosques of North West Iran. The tiles that Yaqub Emdadian may have been inspired by in creating his cozy abstracts that are familiar even for those who are not used to abstract art. And the compositions by Master Mohsen Vaziri may not be but the stylized image and fancy of the aristocratic gardens of Quajary mansions in a lazy summer afternoon. The very same gardens, that Farideh Lashai has painted their goldfish pedilavium in such a small but frank and sentimental abstract.          
Farhad Azarin
Jan 2013

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