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Aaran Art Gallery May Jun 2014 Mehdi Eshlaghi Karaj Long Shot 04

کرج ، نمای باز

نمایشگاه انفرادی نقاشی مهدی اشلقی

افتتاحیه 9 خرداد ماه 1393

این مجموعه حاصلِ آخرين پرسه ها در مكان و زماني است كه در آن زاده شدم. سي و چند سال است كه گوشه گوشهء آن در خاطره ام ثبت شده امّا هنوز گاهي در آن گم مي شوم. شهری که درآن بزرگ شده ام که باهم بزرگ شده ایم بدون تابلوهای راهنما و بلد راه. نقطه ی معلق میان شمال کشور و پایتخت. گذرگاهی که پذیرای میلیونها نفر شد ولی اهالی اش هنوز مسافر و مهاجرند که هنوز از جائی دیگر آمده اند.

"كرج نماي باز" عنوان مجموعه ايست كه بر خلاف ظاهر خود، به هيچ ناكجا آبادي اشاره نداشته و هر تصويرنمودار مكان و زمانِ دقيقي است كه در آن روزي به شب، يا شبي به روز رسيده است. و درنهايت نه تجسمِ نقاشانهء تجربه اي شهري، بلكه مرور حقايق است در شهری که از آغازش گوئی قرن ها گذشته.

مجموعه پيش رو، تجربه اي از انتخاب و حركت ميان زشت و زيبا، و خطا و صواب است. و بدتر از آن انتخاب ميان چيزهايي كه هيچ وقت نمي توان بينشان يكي را برگزيد.تصويري از جدالِ شب و روز، به توهم حقانيت يكي و زوالِ ديگري.تصويري از هستىِ لامكان و زماني كه به وقتِ تولد،جايي ميان وهم و واقعيت، آنرا ديده بوديم. و گويا تا آخرِ قرار به اين است كه نه به روشنايي اعتمادي باشد ونه بودن در تاريكي چندان ترسناك.

نتیجه هشت نقاشی است که نیمی شب است و نیمی دیگر روز که هریک در دیگری حضور دارند. پاسخی نه چندان نهائی به سوالی ازلی: که تا بوده و هست نور از تاريكي وظلمت از نور زاييده خواهد شد. و تنها رنگ است که به هر دوي ايشان جان و معنا ميدهد.

مهدی حسینی اشلقی 


Mehdi Eshlaghi

Solo Painting exhibition titled “Karaj- Long Shot”.

Opening at Aaran Gallery on Friday 30th May

This exhibition is the result of my wonderings in the place and time that I am born in. It is thirty odd years that every corner of this city is rooted in my memories but I still lose my way. The city that I have grown up in, that we have grown up together, without guiding signs and no one to show the way. A geographical point, between Caspian Sea and the Capital, A passageway that has absorbed millions of people, where the inhabitants remain migrants and everyone belongs to another place. 

“Karaj, Long Shot” is the title of a series that despite first impressions is not a Non-place, each image in fact is a reflection of an exact place and time, where day has turned to night and night to day. And ultimately it’s not a painterly visualization of a lived experience in a city, but it is a review of the reality in a city that seems to be centuries old.

The series is a test between choices and reflections of ugliness and beauty, right and wrong, as well as a choice between things that one can not chose among. A visualization of the battle between day and night; the illusion of rightfulness of one and decay of the other one. The Image of a terra nullius, a place between hallucination and reality, that one has probably witnessed at time of birth. And it appears that till the end we may never fully trust the light nor fear the darkness as much as we ought to.

The result is eight paintings, half day and half night, that continue in to each other. Perhaps a not so definite answer to the eternal question: that as far as time immemorial, light is born from darkness and dawn from dusk. And it’s only color that will give them both meaning and life.

Mehdi Eshlaghi. Spring 2014

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