Exploring a twilight realm where sounds meet images, Alireza Jahromi (b. 1984, Iran) creates and composes multi-layered universes in his drawings, collage-work, prints and paintings. His complex, dynamic scenes – some of which reference historic paintings notably by Rembrandt and Goya – are populated with characters from wandering horses to renowned classical singing figures and anonymous nudes. Crystalline, fragmented, and superimposed, Jahromi’s forms and colors behave like musical notes as they merge with one another to create a novel, integral and timeless space. “Not a single form has been manipulated and everything is as you see”, he points out regarding his approach, “a direct outcome of a pseudo-sonic transformation.”
Jahromi often makes use of mixed-media techniques to achieve his desired effects.
1984 Born in Tehran, Iran.
2013 M.A. in painting, University of Tehran, Tehran 2011 B.A. in Painting, Azad Art & Architecture University, Tehran
Work Experience: 2017 Teaching at Soore University, Tehran 2014 Teaching at Azad Art & Architecture University, Tehran 2010 Teaching in University of Tehran College of Fine Arts free courses, Tehran
2009 Selected Artist, The 2nd Festival of Contemporary Iranian Drawing, Imam Ali (AS) Museum, Tehran 2009 Plaque celebrating The Fourth Festival for Elites in Azad University, Azad University, Tehran 2008 Selected Artist in both painting and drawing sections, Youth Art Festival, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Alireza Jahromi: Vagrant in time, Saradipour Art Gallery, Mahshahr, Khuzestan, Iran 2017 Solo exhibition, Artlab Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 2016 Solo exhibition, Saless Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Group painting exhibition, 7 Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 2017 Group exhibition, Knack Gallery, Tehran 2016 Iran Shahr, Mellat Cinema Complex Art Gallery, Tehran 2016 the 8th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran 2015 Group exhibition, Artlab Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 2015 Group exhibition, Jorjani Art Gallery, Tehran 2015 Group exhibition, Artlab Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 2014 Coexistence, Farahani Art Gallery, Tehran 2014 Group exhibition, Touch Art Gallery, Boston, USA 2014 The Third annual exhibition of Iranian Artists Forum, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2016 up to present Interviews with international artists in painting, sculpture, conceptual arts sections, 329th edition (July 26, 2016) up to present, Tandis Visual Arts (bimonthly) Magazine.
“Only the voice remains”, Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad, eloquently says; a poetic truth. Yet, in our world, sounds are inevitably transient, immaterial, and mortal. Reverberation refers to the short but permeating life span of every sound from its moment of birth out of an instrument’s womb to the moment of eventual stillness in a solid matter. But what if there were a parallel universe in which every pulse of a sound’s life would be embodied as a color, line or shape, thus becoming immortalized. What would this universe be like? “Reverberation”, the new exhibition by painter, art educator and visual arts journalist, Alireza Jahromi (b. 1984, Iran), at Saradipour Gallery offers an answer to this question and takes us to a journey into the twilight realm of forms and sounds, where the impossible becomes possible.
Over the years, Alireza Jahromi has covered a variety of themes in his series, from social and political concerns (“Gap in Nature”, “Motorcycles” and “Take Photos without Coordination”) to cultural issues and taboos (“Unfinished Fantasies”). The converging point throughout Jahromi’s career, however, lies in his draughtsmanly explorations. Drawing, not merely in the sense of drawing lines using common tools on paper or any other surface, but rather in its extended definition as the ability to combine a variety of visual components to achieve a singular image and create a robust, unified world has always been essential in Jahromi’s artistic endeavors – just as a composer or a musical conductor ingeniously combines notes from different instruments into a single, novel whole. His figurative drawings and paintings, from the very beginning, have been fields of constant attempts to create new and unusual images by establishing fresh connections between seemingly disparate forms, using various technical approaches: in the “Gap in Nature” series, human figures, warplanes, and missiles of unusual dimensions come together in geometric spaces, while in “Unfinished Fantasies”, nude figures intertwined with each other and with letters of Persian alphabet appear in public places and interiors. As Jahromi’s art evolves, the representational aspect is still preserved, yet he gradually moves away from the visual expression of the external themes towards more intrinsic questions in painting.
The “Reverberation” series is a step in this new direction. Portraits of vocal artists and various opera scenes are not the main subjects but are rather subjected to the core of the artist’s quest in this series that is the sound-like transformation of objective forms, for it is only through a transition from the familiar to the unfamiliar that the nature of change can manifest itself to the viewers. Therefore, these drawings, prints, and paintings, in particular, obtain a dual figurative-abstract quality. In these works, we see how each character’s features, with their mouths or eyes shut and open at the same time, appearing both older and younger in profiles and full faces, merge into one another, eventually emerging as a new form that once again fragments itself back into the multifaceted space around it, thus becoming inseparable from space.
The present series consists of portraits of legendary figures of classical singing over the past hundred years whose voices, each having a unique color, texture and artistic identity, have left different marks on the wide canvas this is the universe of singing.