NIGHT OF ANOTHER SPRING - PART 1
Night of Another Spring: Part 1 is structured around Reign of Winter, Big Rock Candy Montain, and Night of Another Spring, three artworks whose first two presented as moving paintings, employing a rotoscope of video news broadcasts that are subsequently transformed by the artists. Anthropomorphic zoomorphs and phytomorphs appear in lieu of human figures, and the artists evoke the Brechtian strategy of estrangement in order to re-contextualize images to which we have perhaps become desensitized.
The Royal Wedding’s theme, including the moving painting Reign of Winter and series of works that caustically straddles the border between draughtsmanship, painting and collage, is another expression of the artists’ reoccurring interest in subverting popularly held notions of legitimacy and prestige. As a grotesque deconstruction of an iconic image, The Royal Wedding is also a visual heir of modernism and surrealism.
Offering a meditation on the tension between high and low culture though their use of both traditionally artistic and banal materials, the artists ask us to re-examine forms, figures and issues absent from our field of vision. They work with a total freedom of rhetorical and visual strategies, employing distortion, subversion, inversion and obscuration at will in order to question habitual judgments. With experienced life as the common thread through Ramin, Rokni and Hesam’s work, any meeting, conversation, natural phenomena or event can become part of their creative process.