Artwork explanation

What "Still Life" is dubbed among the painters, is to produce a new concept, based on the apparent meaning of objects. Each object in its time and place expresses a specific meaning, based on which, it is made and plays a role in human life. 

By moving these objects to different places and times, artists create new concepts. The world of representing the object, always seeks the metaphors and quibbles, and leads the audience to follow the desired destination of the artist, a quest which contains the pleasure of observation and discovery.

The works of Mojtaba Tajik, during the twenty years of painting, are concerned with turning objects into artistic objects. His themes include shoes, boxes, drawers, and so on. The artist portrays objects, with a realistic technique and unique skill, on the canvas.

His method for creating temptation in the audience, is not limited to the usage of a high-skilled technique, but also displays the sensation of life, by throwing light and texture in his works. The sensation that expresses the magical comprehension in these objects, in the first glance can be recognized in distinctive stories, which seek to point to the existence of human and today's society in sarcasm.

Expert Opinion

As If Life 
There are different types of boxes; they generally have lids and are used for packaging, storage or transportation of something. Boxes have walls that divide the interior and keep the objects inside safe from dispersion, loss or possibility of damage. Some have locks and sometimes a simple lid completes their application. Rarely, they can be useful without a lid. Form and the way their lids open or close depends on their function; a suitcase, a letter box, personal wardrobe, flees’ drawer, a card index files and so on. Almost all of us have and continue to use all kinds of boxes. 
Mojtaba Tajik, like most of us have also dealt with many boxes, but perhaps, he has contemplated about these boxes more than any of us ever have, and the result is the many paintings he has produced, each focusing on different aspects of boxes. 

From his first collection of boxes that depict objects they contain and their sometimes-surreal narratives, to shoes and Shoeboxes that put before us notions of human relations with their cheerful and colorful combinations, even the Billboards series that in my opinion is one of Tajik’s most successful series which has a referential narrative depicting in large frames what controls our society, and in fact portrays an empty and ugly interior of boxes that are not to be seen. In all these works, concerns to contemplate on the meaning of a box are visible. 

In Sealed series, Mojtaba Tajik depicts a collection of boxes above and beside one another; suitcases stacked on top of each other, a row of letter boxes, locked metal cabinets, metallic boxes on top of each other, card index files and such. In most of these paintings we are exposed to solid composition, neatly arranged rows of boxes and cases depicted in cold and vintage colours with a careful painterly touch. In rare cases, some of these boxes appear colourful despite being obviously old, and the colorfulness is there only to beatify them. Opposite, there are simple and rusted boxes that in first sight seem abstract, geometric and minimalistic. In the image of the card index file we are exposed to left open drawers and in another painting to the image of old letterboxes with open and deformed doors containing in them abandoned letters that someone someday may have waited to receive but now they have been left behind for years. 

Each of the multiple levels of these cases, drawers, closets, suitcases etc., had belonged to something or someone. In apartments and warehouses, we see such arrangement of letterboxes, rows of suitcases and boxes. Files’ drawers and card index files are useful in libraries. In this collection therefore, what belongs to modern life in the traditional setting of our society has been portrayed. Abandoned, open or semi open boxes and in fact, living spaces next to one another yet separated that have the mission to hide lives unless there is nothing more to lose. Names abandoned without owners in damp cases. It is us who at times hide behind many walls and curtains and remain isolated not to be found. 
Zarvan Rouhbakhshan 

Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Mojtaba Tajik | Exhibition | SENSATION

London Gallery


group exhibition, 05 April - 20 June

Other works by Mojtaba Tajik

CAMA Gallery | Mojtaba Tajik | Build 39

Mojtaba Tajik (b.1966)

Build 39 , 2015

The Lockers, Postboxes & Drawers Signed, 2015 Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Mojtaba Tajik

Untitled - 2017

Acrylic on canvas 180 x 140 cm Signed on lower left CoA no. 1803130912112

OAR No. 102202 This artwork is unique



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