آنچه مَد تصویر میکند، آدمهاییاند آرام، ولی شاهدان حیرتزده و ناظر همهی آنچه کردهاند، شاید به همین خاطر باشد که او بیشتر سربازان را تصویر میکند، یا شکارچیان را. آدمهای او چه بزرگسال، و چه بچهسال نشانگر دو وجه همیشه متعارض انساناند، انگار همگی یا در میانهی نزاعاند، یا در اندیشهی نزاع، یا در حرمان جدالی که از سر گذراندهاند. سربازان و شکارچیان، انگار برای او نمایشگر همین تناقضاند، انسانهایی که میکشند، بهعمد یا بهاجبار، ولی آنچه میماند حسرتی است، حرمانی است و خسرانی.
هنرمندان خیابانی گهگاه از خیابانها به گالریها میآیند، و آنگاه باید بهشکلی بر اصولشان تأکید کنند. پس بیهوده نیست که مَد هم در این نمایشگاه، تصاویر آشنایاش را بر چوب نقش میکند، تا شاید خاستگاهاش را به ما یادآور شود، تا شاید تأکید کند که هنر خیابانیای که اینک داریم بهشکل هنری ماندگار میبینیم، نمیتواند بر سطح بوم نقش شود، او بر چوب کار میکند تا نشانمان دهد که این هنری است که بر بافت ریز بوم معنی نمیدهد و زمانی آن را درک خواهیم کرد و از تماشااش لذت میبریم که زمختی بافت زمینهاش را بشناسیم و بهیاد داشته باشیم که روزهایی نهچندان دورتر، یکی از همین تصاویر را بر دیواری، زیر پلی یا سکویی دیده بودیم، چون هنر خیابانی تنها شکل هنری و یگانه شکل بیانیای است که گاه هتاک و گاه از سر بخت بر سر راهمان ظاهر میشود تا نشانمان دهد، آنچه را که بهعمد، بهسهو، از روی کوتهبینی، از سر ترس یا از سر غفلت ندیدیم.
این نمایشگاه ممکن نمیشد، مگر با کمک نوید پاشاپور، که تبحرش در نجاری را به شکل این بوم/تختهها در اختیار این نمایشگاه گذاشت، از او ممنونیم.
حافظ روحانی، زمستان 92
What MAD portrays are calm people witnessing their own deeds, and perhaps this is why he portrays the soldiers or the hunters more than anything else. The people in his paintings, whether the adults or the kids, represent two forever- conflicting aspects of human nature, as if they are all in the midst of a battle, or thinking of a battle, or regretting about it. Soldiers and hunters seem to represent such a contradiction for the artist. The people who kill, deliberately or forcibly, but the thing that remains is regret, despair and loss.
Street artists come to galleries from time to time and they have to emphasize somehow on their principles. This explains why MAD has chosen woods to paint his familiar works so he can remind us of their origin, so he can emphasize on the fact that the street art, as we see it in a viable form now, can’t be painted on canvas. He works on wood to show us that this kind of art isn't for canvas and the indelicacy of the background texture may help us understand and enjoy it better and it may remind us of the work itself on a wall, under a bridge or on a stone bench that we saw a few days ago. Because street art is the only art that comes to us on his own feet and is the only way of talk which appears to us by luck or irreverently to show us the things we didn’t see intentionally, inadvertently, out of fear or out of ignorance.
This exhibition would not have been possible without the help of Navid Pashapour, whose carpentry skills are now in the shape of canvas- boards, we thank him.
Hafez Rouhani, Winter of 2014
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.