Ali Beheshti | "Opaque": Dastan's Basement

8 - 22 October 2021 The Basement

A solo presentation of works by Ali Beheshti at Dastan's Basement

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Dastan's Basement presents "Opaque", a solo exhibition of works by Ali Beheshti. "Opaque" starts on October 8, 2021 and will be on view until October 22, 2021  This is the artist's third solo exhibit at Dastan’s Basement. He has held two other shows, "Interpretation" and "Insensible", with Dastan's Basement in 2017 and 2019m respectively. In this exhibition, Beheshti presents designs in the form of two-dimensional works with a combination of car color, black pigment, ink and toner.
Beheshti regards his recent collections as "studies in form within an architectural framework." Characteristics of the medium in these works are put to test and images move between print, drawing, and photograph. "Opaque", the title of this show, refers to an object that emits no light and can only appear in the presence of light. This object is reflected in the body of isolated forms in his works and this blackness gives them a semantic character. The artist reduces the attributes of his subjects to change their nature. For this reason, the visual source of his works remains obscure, and although they are inspired by nature, architecture, or traditional motifs, their subject matter cannot be readily categorized. The artist believes that despite the occasional similarities of his works with the formalist works of the early twentieth century, they go through different semantic passages and are derived from his inner and environmental.

Ali Beheshti (b. 1988, Qom) graduated in graphics and painting from the Faculty of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Azad University.