Elahe gallery is a very nice spacious gallery which can give artists a chance to stage many different art forms there. This was definitely true for Shahnaz Zehtab's recent show of her Installations and Paintings which made a very good use of this possibility.
I found the works very sticking and intriguing. When I received the invitation card, I found it rather dark; but still I thought it was interesting enough to find time to go and see the exhibition. And I was not disappointed! I liked the exhibitions and most of the works that were on display, both the installation as well as paintings.
Zehtab's color theme seemed to be gold, blue, black and white. My favorite works of her were an installation, a sitting white man with golden butterflies all over him, and the big strong blue painting that was on display. I have included some samples for you to see for yourself.
I was delighted that a short time later I went to Artist's Forum House (Khaneh Honarmandan in Iranshahr Ave.) and Zehtab was also part of a most interesting group exhibiting their installations there. Other artists that took my notice there were Mahnaz Peshkhani and Jamshid Haghighat-Shenass (with his work called Memory of things). But I was ever so impressed with a work by Forouzan Parviz-Farzan titled Does Anahita Become A Venus? Which was most striking and provocative, especially since it was outside the gallery entrances.
The next artist is my dear Yeghaneh Shahmir who had a private exhibition last month after many years. We could well see the different work era that she had gone through in these past few years. She is a yoga teacher and yogi who practices it both externally and physically as well as internally and emotionally. When she walks in, or even when one speaks to her on the phone, one can feel strong energy being passed on from her!
In her work, which were mainly her paintings, I felt that she is moving even more and more towards being a minimalist artist. There were some old and new tables that she had worked on, as well as giving a different meaning to stones by drawing on them and making them look beautiful. Last but not least I liked the cards which were all original by hand and mostly reminded one of yoga figuration.
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