Mehdi Shirahmadi is a contemporary Iranian sculptor, born in Isfahan (1983). He received a diploma in Isfahan Fine Art School and graduated from Tehran University of Arts with an M.A. in sculpture.
His mostly large-scale, abstract sculptures are created using the Iranian traditional “Khatam” technique. It involves juxtaposing hundreds and thousands of slim wooden and brass beams with a carefully arranged geometry. The whole structures are then carved in various angles depending on the intended form, but also according to the logic and aesthetic of their geometrical building blocks. The cuts create various sections on the geometrically arranged wooden beams, revealing numerous geometric patterns as well as their variations and transformations. The outside reveals what happens inside, and a whole new approach to sculpture-making is established.
These extremely elaborate pieces are the result of a laborious, lengthy procedure. The applied technique, as well as the painstaking approach, refer to Iranian traditions of art-making. However, they do not reproduce the tradition, but question it and use it to reach a totally different result. The sculptures do not have any external reference, nor they realize any ornamental purpose. They present a whole new concept of sculpture-making out of this creative method.
In his latest series, the artist ventures into burning parts of this intricate structure. He achieves different effects out of this procedure: sometimes the wooden parts are burnt to ashes and the metal bars remain, in a rusted quality. Sometimes the burning process gives a different quality to the orderly, geometrical structure, and new aspects of the texture and material are revealed. The procedure is of great significance to Shirahmadi’s career, so whatever happens to the pieces or is imposed upon them, are all considered as a part of the work.
Mehdi Shirahmadi has attended a number of local Sculpture exhibitions and biennials, including the 7th Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Tehran Urban Sculpture Biennial. He has also accomplished a number of public sculpture projects in Tehran. In May 2019, he attended Révélation 2019, The International Fine Craft and Creation Biennial in Grand Palais, Paris.
1984 ESFAHAN, IRAN
2012 B.A.,Sculptor.University Of Art,Tehran.
2002 Diploma,Painting.Fine Art School,Esfahan.
2018 Solo Exhibition Iranshahr Gallery, Tehran
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 The Fifth Urban Sculpture Biennial, Tehran
2015 Aseman Gallery, Mashhad
2014 Machine,Shirin Gallery, Tehran
2014 Panjare Gallery, Tehran
2014 The Fourth Urban Sculpture Biennial, Tehran
2013 Portrait, Apadana Gallery, Esfahan
2012 Tehran Artist’s Forum
2012 The Third Urban Sculpture Biennial, Tehran
2010 Tehran Artist’s Forum
2010 The Second Urban Sculpture Biennial, Tehran
2009 Iranian Art Museum Garden
2008 The First Iranian Annual Sculpture Expo
2007 Laleh Gallery Tehran
2006 Esfahan Artist’s House
Instructor at the Shariaty University, Tehran
Instructor at the Jahad University, Karaj
2015 International Symposium of Padide Contemporary Sculpture, Mashhad
2012 Sculpture Symposium, Esfahan