The Aria gallery is one of the few places in Tehran which has two completely separate showrooms even though one has to go through the main one, walk a few steps down into the lovely green yard to get to the other exhibition saloon. Last month, after their long summer break I went there. In the main saloon they had a group exhibition of some young artists, but I found their work rather uninteresting, neither inspiring nor engaging. Some were o.k. but then one expects rather more these days.
I was delighted to walk down to the lower saloon to observe the works of Alireza Mir-Asadola. I found them quite interesting in a corny way, and I may even use the word delightful. I think it takes a lot of hard work to make something ugly look so nice and interesting. His work for some strange reason reminds me of a puppet show that I saw when I was at school so long ago. Some of you may remember it, Shahre-h Ghesseh; even though that the play was about animals but then it may be the light heartedness and seriousness of these creatures that are the reason that the play comes to my mind.
He had a few paintings on show as well but I found his puppet dolls more to my liking. I had a chance to have a quick chat, where I learned that he has studied industrial design and has had exhibitions in New Zealand, Spain and a few European cities. He is 33 years old and lives by himself. This was his second show at the Aria gallery after his return to Iran two years ago. I found him very nice, an easy chap to talk to without many airs. He told me that his favorite colors are blue and orange and he love Jim Jarmouch and Korosava films. He is fond of rock and alternative music and very much enjoys watching football and tennis games. I have a few pictures for you to draw your own opinion about his works.
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