Prolepsis is Iranian artist Sahand Hesamiyan’s solo show arranged by the Third Line Gallery that displays his engrossing sculptures made of steel. The exhibition marks the artist’s 24-year journey with this medium. Although Hesamiyan is famous for his monumental large-scale art pieces, they are not on view. The show features miniature forms of the projects which were not materialised. Each sculpture demonstrates what could have been, and the artist invites viewers to ponder the interplay between aspiration and realisation. One will be able to see Hesamiyan’s artworks until 3 November 2023.
In his work, Hesamiyan delves into the relationships between geometry, mythology, and philosophy and re-imagines traditional elements from these sciences for the modern era. He not only highlights the fundamental design and conceptual significance but also emphasises their crucial role in shaping the history of Islamic art.
The artist, who masterfully designs structural systems, merges the geometric principles of Islamic and Iranian architecture with minimalism in his practice. In particular, he reinterprets Yazdi-bandi and Rasmi-bandi in his creations (complex metal sculptures and artworks on paper). These are historic design techniques which were used in the interior ornamentation of domes in Persian architecture.
About the artist
Sahand Hesamiyan (b. 1977, Tehran) is an artist living and working between Tehran and Dubai. In 1996, he went to Art School in Tehran and entered Tehran University in 2001. He graduated with a BFA degree with a specialisation in sculpture. A prominent sculptor, Hesamiyan is a permanent member and the director of the committee of the Iranian Sculptors Association.
Hesamiyan has displayed his artworks in a plethora of solo and group exhibitions: Far Side (Emrooz Gallery, Isfahan, Iran, 2022); Majaz (BLOK Art Space at Cukurcuma and Buyuk Valide Han, Istanbul, 2017); Frame Reference (Dastan Outside the Basement, Tehran, Iran, 2015); Iran Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy, 2015); The Blue Route (Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium, 2013); Summer Exhibition at Royal College of Art (London, UK, 2012); and many others. He has also been a member of the board of directors of the 6th Tehran Biennial of Contemporary Sculpture. In addition, Hesamiyan served on a jury in the 3rd Tehran Urban Sculpture Biennial.
The artist’s works have been added to prestigious private and public collections, such as the Delfina Entrecanales Collection; the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK); the Mohammad Afkhami Collection; the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art; and others.
Hesamiyan is a recipient of multiple awards which include the 1st prize at the Padide International Symposium of Contemporary Iranian Sculpture (2014); the 1st prize of the 1st Tehran Steel Sculpture Symposium; the Municipality Prize of the 4th Contemporary Iranian Sculpture Biennial; and many others. Besides, he was shortlisted for the Jameel Prize (2016) and the Sovereign Middle East and North Africa Art Prize (2016).
To get more info about Prolepsis, please visit the show’s official web page.
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