Opening: March 15th 2016, 6 – 8pm
Exhibit: March 15 to April 29
91 Mortimer Street, W1W 7SR, London
Karavil Contemporary is very pleased to present a duo show with Iranian artist Azadeh Ghotbi and Turkish sculptor Aida Bergsen. The exhibition titled ‘Living – Fading’ is a representation of both artists’ perception of aesthetic elements from Nature.
As the naturalist and author E. O. Wilson said ‘Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction,’ which emphasizes our constant need to reconnect to nature. Whilst Ghotbi plays the role of the obvserver, Bergsen gets inspired and imitates. Through different methods and mediums both artists focus on magnifying the mundane beauty within nature.
Inspired by the Japanese concept of Mono No Aware, “the pathos of things,” Ghotbi glorifies through photography the extraordinary beauty of overlooked parts of our surroundings while celebrating the final cycle of life. Her images of visually striking decaying leaves invite the viewer to observe one’s surrounding more keenly, more empathetically, and rejoice in the process of discovery.
Plato saw the changing physical world of Nature as a poor, decaying copy of a perfect, rational, eternal world that art provides. Similarly, Bergsen recreates and immortalises mythological like natural compositions. The beauty of her flowers, plants and stones are a perfect copy of what in nature would change appearances. While you might catch a glimpse of that ravishing perfection, it will always fade. But in her ‘body sculptures’ they are a perfect representation of the eternal that lead us even further from truth and toward illusion.