Star Dust Series, Hiresh Shiva
Opening on Monday 5th of October 2015 at 7 pm
Hiresh Shiva was born in Sardasht/Kurdistan, Iran in 1980. He began studying Art in Uromieh Iran and in 2008 he received his Bachelor’s degree from Art University of Tehran.
Shiva’s work are exhibited widely at galleries and art fairs throughout Iran and the Middle East, including the Istanbul Art Fair.
Shiva’s body of work has a common background of hard brick walls, which turn out to be malleable to extract graceful figurative forms. His ability to create this contrast between hard and fluid with subtle inscriptions of calligraphy, has allowed him to produce works that are profoundly beautiful and thought provoking.
Hendrik Kerstens, Tissue, 2015, pigment print, 30×40 inch, ed. 6/10
Opening is on Tuesday, 6th of October, 2015, 7-9pm
Sultan Gallery is pleased to present Still an exhibition of photographs by Hendrik Kerstens (Dutch) and Robert Polidori (Canadian) curated by Miami Beach based art dealer Mark Dean.
In the immortal words of William Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This exhibition brings together two artists who explore how we understand the past through the present. Both employ photography in ways that deliberately subvert conventional notions about the photograph’s relationship to reality. Instead of capturing a “decisive moment” or freezing a slice of time, they adopt the language of classical painting to explore a more layered sense of history. This results in images that appear to exist simultaneously in the past and present.
Still, the title of this show, points to a double meaning. On one hand, it captures a contemplative serenity that links these images to the painterly traditions of a less hurried time. But the word also suggests a vision of time in which the past is embedded in the present: still here, still living, still relevant. Kerstens and Polidori meld painting and photography, history and contemporary life, fact and fiction to suggest the ways that memory is forever being shaped and reshaped by the imagination.