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Persian Suprematism Iceberg-Farbod Mehr

Human beings have long been familiar with the principles of geometry as a science and have somehow considered it as a necessity. Some consider the first use of geometry in the division of agricultural lands and the management of surface waters as well as the construction of buildings with proven use since ten thousand years ago.

In the meantime, throughout history, Iran has always been one of the centers of spirituality, religion and mysticism. It is noteworthy that Iranians have cleverly used geometry, architecture and art in order to convey mystical meanings and feelings through carpet patterns, tiles, forms in mosques, murals, and so on.

Geometry and proportions are the basis of Iranian art and architecture. In Iranian architecture, beauty is nothing but harmony and balance. According to the artist, the most direct relationship between humans and forms can be found in art, and he believes that geometry, proportions and colours are common points between Iranian / Islamic art and the avant-garde art movement of Suprematism.

Suprematism is a style consisting of abstract systematic compositions that emerged around 1913. Its main elements are the use of colours and geometric surfaces of the same family (square, rectangle, circle, triangle, and intersecting lines). Artists of this style seek to express pure emotions, mysticism, or concepts such as depth. This style was founded in Russia by Malevich, the leader of the Cubist movement in the Soviet Union. Kazimir Malevich argued that he created art with the goal of "giving supremacy to emotions" and this is what we Iranians have done for many years with our art and architecture. In fact, Suprematism was also able to use geometry and colour to show us mysticism and the depth of life. This is how Malevich defines Suprematism: “Under Suprematism I understand the primacy of pure feeling in creative art. To the Suprematist, the visual phenomena of the objective world are, in themselves, meaningless; the significant thing is feeling, as such, quite apart from the environment in which it is called forth”.

The similarity of using geometry to convey these concepts in both time and space is conceivable for the artist and this collection attempts to combine these two methods to show an idea and raise the question that how would Iranian art had become if Iranian geometric and mystical art had a Russian avant-garde movement? And so Persian Suprematism arose.

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Digital print on canvas-Unframed

Edition 7-100X80cm--2017

Farbod Mehr//Iran/b.1991...

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