JULY 28 - SEPTEMBER 28 2018
Dr. Aziz Anzabi is originally from Iran currently based in London.
Lost Time is the artist’s first solo exhibition in London, with a focus on sculpture and painting, through his art, Anzabi explores the concept of myths and rituals by examining their role and significance to the human tradition.
Anzabi's figurative and abstract creations form an unconscious emotional connection to a deeper yearning with the viewer. "My ultimate goal is to have the viewer feeling a sense of familiarity with the work, a sense of having experienced this before."
Anzabi's art describes a fantasy that shelters the individual in order to lead him through life. With strong surrealist influences, the artist creates a universe that establishes a sense of harmony and balance; his work is also heavily influenced by Mahmoud Farschian, evidence of which can be seen in the lines and textures of his work.
In this collection of works, Anzabi applies an ancient Persian peeling paper technique, a practice which has now been practically lost. This technique requires the artist to slowly peel and then carefully remove layers of paper, until the texture of the paper is similar to lace. The final paper layer will then be dissolved with the canvas. This peeling paper technique results in a remarkably elegant and delicate finish to the painting.
In my sculptures and painting, both figurative and abstract, I employ these aspects of a collective unconscious to evoke an emotional state within the viewer.
In my figurative work, my goal is to capture the myriad of changing states of the human condition through subtle changes in facial countenance and body language. The end result shows how the inner condition is expressed by the outward form while also conveying a timeless quality to human emotion.
In my abstract sculptures, I have recreated the numinous quality of subconsciously shared images, stories, and ceremonial rites. The sculptures, themselves, are composed of abstract forms that are covered with a rich, textured surface. The end result is a complex organic piece that evokes a sense of ancient artefacts, of ritualistic objects from some unknown culture, or of imagined landscapes."