26 Jan 2024 - 23 Feb 2024

Immortal Mirror

Leila Heller Gallery


Leila Heller Gallery is delighted to announce the upcoming solo exhibition by Aref Montazeri, titled ‘Immortal Mirror’, opening 26th January 2024.

Aref Montazeri’s artistic journey unveils the mirror’s role as a time capsule, capturing time layer by layer. With a single gaze, time halts, letting the audience see themselves in the present, amid past moments and a myriad of images within the mirror’s layers. The inherent haziness of the present image sparks contemplation on time’s nature, fostering a unique interaction between the audience and the reflective medium.

‘Immortal Mirror’ marks a profound exploration into the layers of mirrors and their intricate relationship with the audience, unveiling a fresh essence that challenges perceptions and transcends the boundaries of time.

Transitioning from abstraction to tangibility, Montazeri introduces an innovative mirror crafted through a chemical oxidation process, mimicking the effects of time. He delves into the abstract realm, proposing a poetic notion that declares, “The image in the mirror is immortal “.

This handcrafted abstract masterpiece offers a distinct expression of the materiality of mirrors, turning a simple reflective surface into a complex plane that invites prolonged contemplation. Inspired by the humble triangle, Montazeri’s creative process adds texture, oxidation, and complexity to the mirror’s original structure. This transforms the two-dimensional triangle into a captivating interplay of curved sides, creating a coalition of contemporary and original geometry. Adorned with mirrors emitting an aged and enigmatic aura, the artwork projects a fresh and thought-provoking image of the audience.

The exhibition prompts viewers to explore three temporal dimensions: uncovering the past in the mirror’s aged layers, scrutinizing present forms, and envisioning a future with immortalized images amid oxidized layers. This abstract interplay of past, present, and future leaves a lasting impression, inspiring introspection and encouraging deeper self-exploration.

Press release from Leila Heller Gallery

Image: Aref Montazeri. Immortal Mirror 2. Oxidised mirror, polymer, plexiglass. 162 x 142 cm. Image courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery