Shahroo Kheradmand - solo exhibition (14 September - 25 September)
A sonnet for nothing Getting rid of the limitations of understanding, in its absolute sense, is the first step of getting emotionally involved with Shahroo Kheradmand’s paintings. She does not want to beat about the bush, nor speaks in secret or mysteriously. She reminds the audiences of liberation; emancipating from the limitations of minimalism, expressionism and formalism. Kheradmand transforms everything into internal elements; the elements, which do not depend on things outside of themselves for interpretation or comprehension. She does not reduce things by changing them into something else, to make them understandable. Without considering the aesthetic values in the history of painting, she invites everyone, directly and individually, into her poetic paintings. This might be the most essential factor for the audiences to get emotionally attached to her paintings. To impress us, she summons nothing but herself. One might call her an abstract painter, a term, which helps in getting closer in the same way it distances the audience from the spirit of her works; but Kheradmand, unlike the abstract artists, is not after simplifying forms, but as a maximiser, in each form sees thousands of forms and creates them. In fact, she can be considered as a sonneteer painter. Her paintings, similar to the lines of sonnet, abandoned and suspended, are among the overall insight of the universe, along with tiny momentum of the moments in the world, presented in the brush strokes, compositions and the usage of colours in a thick layer. Likewise, the sonneteer abandons him/ herself from describing and justifiying the universe, Kheradmand has assigned the responsibility of expressing the world to the others; she presents a world, thoroughly internal and personal, without judging or being judged, like a sonnet which has been written for nothing.