Exhibition duration: March 5 – April 30, 2015
We are very pleased to announce an exhibition with the Iranian-German painter Nader Ahriman at Gerhardsen Gerner Oslo. This is the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Norway since his show in 1997 with Atle Gerhardsen’s gallery c/o in Oslo.
Ahriman’s representational paintings give shape to abstract philosophical concepts drawn from some of the most remarkable Western European philosophers – particularly G.W.F. Hegel’s idealism and the schools of thought that reacted to it during the 19th and 20th centuries – while investigating modernist movements in painting from Wassily Kandinsky to Barnett Newman and Jackson Pollock.
This exhibition, titled Stromboli, will feature twenty paintings and a series of drawings inspired by a passage from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. A fantastical story is told by a crew that went ashore on the Italian island of Stromboli:
“There is an isle in the sea – not far from the Happy Isles of Zarathustra – on which a volcano ever smoketh; of which isle the people, and especially the old women amongst them, say that the eternal sphere is placed as a rock before the gate of the netherworld; but that through the volcano itself the narrow way leadeth downwards which conducteth to this gate”.
Ahriman’s works exhibit a highly accomplished use of painting by generating a fascinating balance between aesthetics and content, spirit and matter, figuration and abstract thought. His practice first draws inspiration from a philosophical idea, then develops its concept with the use of figurative representation and through his idiosyncratic choice of colors and hues.
The characters of his works, figures with strange anatomy, seem to act in atemporal and undefined spaces. The result is a puzzle of meanings, a palimpsest of metaphors that does not reveal the artworks’ sense in its entirety, but encourages the process of individual interpretation by the viewer.
Nader Ahriman, born 1964 in Shiraz (Iran), lives and works in Berlin. Ahriman's works have been presented in solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Hamburg (catalogue by Distanz), Kunstverein Freiburg (catalogue by Hatje Cantz), MACO Sur, Mexico City, and Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen.
Furthermore, his works have been included in group exhibitions at Kunst-Werke, Berlin, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Temporary Kunsthalle, Berlin, MANIFESTA 7, Trento, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Rupertinum, Salzburg.
For further information please contact Marina Gerner-Mathisen, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Maike Fries, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin: T: +49-30-69 51 83 41F: +49-30-69 51 83 42, email@example.com
or visit our website at http://www.gerhardsengerner.com
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