Mohammad Reza Khalaji’s second show in the Iranshahr art gallery demonstrates a notable transition

Mohammad Reza Khalaji displays his latest series of sculptures in the Iranshahr Art Gallery. His sculptures generally represent a combination of abstraction and figuration, typically merged within one single piece. They usually employ different qualities of various materials, acquired through complex making procedures. Extra-fine finishing and high-quality execution have long been a major characteristic of Khalaji’s artistic idiom. At times, Indigenous aesthetic elements, including Iranian-Islamic calligraphy adorn parts of his pieces.

Untitled, Aluminium & Copper, Unique, 57x65x170 cm, 2019

Khalaji’s first solo exhibition in Iranshahr Art Gallery included a series of semi-figurative aluminum sculptures marked by an extra-fine execution, using calligraphy incised on some facets. These pieces included figures trapped and stuck in amorphous, bag-like structures. Extra feet of the figures symbolized an urge to escape the overwhelming, solid structures.

Detail

Khalaji’s second show in the Iranshahr art gallery demonstrates a considerable transition. Executed in copper and aluminum, the pieces combine an abstract and figurative approach, and the remarkable technical quality and fine finish appear side by side a crude, expressive texture. Erosions, fluxes, and burnt surfaces uncover a new sculptural idiom. The figures tend towards abstraction and the confining structures, a metaphor of traditions and social norms, are symbolized by the formless restraining constructions and the feet trapped in them.

M.R Khalaji has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions, including group exhibitions in Mexico-city and Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial. In May 2019 he participated in “Revolution”, the International Fine-Craft Biennial in Grand Pallais, Paris.

M.R Khalaji’s solo show continues from Dec. 20-31, 2019