Time, Etemad Gallery, 2011
The Time series was the artist’s first experience in combining wood and metal. The series came about at a time when the artist came face-to-face with certain restrictions and limitations, and its broken up wooden structures signals the artist’s conscious destruction of limiting frameworks – frameworks that go beyond his life and work, representing every restriction present in society. It is the breaking of the wooden structures that allows the introduction of a new material. Soft curvilinear metallic forms appear among the sharp, broken angles of the wooden structures. The presence of the soft, shiny metallic forms with uniform shapes but a range of different sizes is representative of birth and growth.
Time itself represents constant growth and development, a condition that puts us in a new relationship with our context at every moment. As Heraclitus said, “You cannot step in the same river twice because the river is ever-changing.” Life is like a river, constantly changing from one moment to the next, and we experience it differently at every moment. The metallic pieces floating among the broken frames of wood represent the passage of time, and the contrast between their soft forms and the hard, broken pieces of wood symbolizes the contrast between the ever-changing and ever-growing quality of man within the limitations imposed by life. We constantly face restrictions both in terms of our bodies and the society we live in, but at the same time these restrictions are constantly being challenged and pushed back. The bright, shiny quality of the metallic pieces reflects the brightness of birth, the moment of creation, and the glory of breaking down frameworks. The astonishing brightness may only last a moment but it will dazzle us forever.