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Poetic Bronze Masks in New York Exhibit

Ali Kourehchian and his masksAli Kourehchian and his masks

A series of bronze sculptures made by sculptor and architect Ali Kourehchian is on display at the exhibition ‘For Your Eyes Solely’ at Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, until June 11.

The artworks are in fact large masks featuring Persian calligraphy, Mehr News Agency reported.

Inspired by Persian poetry, the artist said he created the sculptures with a three-dimensional calligraphy script.

“Transforming the written word into works of art that directly relate to calligraphy but are infused with geometric lines and three-dimensional personified characteristics, the result is a synergy between three art forms, understandable to Persian and non-Persian audiences,” says a statement about the exhibit.

Kourehchian aims to produce works that not only look like their literature-based source, but also literally mean it. “These mask-like volumes convey the connotation and rhythms of Persian poetry,” he explains.

The artist first showcased his sculptures at an exhibition at Saless Art Gallery in Tehran in January, and following the warm public reception, he organized it in New York.

The US exhibit is sponsored and curated by art dealer Massoud Nader and curator Roya Khadjavi, both residing in New York.

Born in Tehran, Kourehchian, 43, holds a master’s degree in Architecture from Islamic Azad University and worked as professor of art architecture at University of Tehran from 2001-2002.

He has participated in different editions of HOFEX trade fair in Hong Kong, and won the best booth design awards in 2002 and 2003, best creativity in furniture design award in 2004 and 2006, and best furniture design award in 2005.

He first displayed his functional sculptures and furniture design in Tehran in 1997, and in 2015 had his first solo sculpture exhibit at the capital’s Shirin Art Gallery.


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