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