29 Oct 2010 - 08 Nov 2010


The Ecstasy of the Painterly Act

Abstraction lives along a continuum. Even art that aims for utmost verisimilitude can be to some extents considered as abstract; since full representation is remarkably hard to pin down. Tania Pakzad, however, clearly and intentionally embarks on abstraction. Her colorful canvases linger between geometric and lyrical attitude.
Her confident, joyful brushstrokes, seemingly with no effort, once blend paint on the canvas to create close nuances, and once crisply joint contrasted color areas. The variety of gray tones and their juxtaposition with bright color planes grants the paintings a lively vibration. They are generally highly lighted, pulsating with a pounding energy. 
Despite the non-representational approach, the nature remains the artist's main concern and topmost inspiration. The landscape can still be traced in most of the paintings by allusions to the horizon line as well as some discernable familiar elements like the blades of grass, a cypress tree or a power transmission tower. The rich textures of the canvas also suggest natural elements: the reflection of light on a calm lake, the harsh surface of rocks, the interweaving of leafs and branches of plants or the grains of the soil. Here and there, a tiny piece of nature glows amidst the grayish geometrical shapes: a sparkle of the river blue, a minuscule crimson of anemone or a glitter of golden yellow suggesting sunlight on the wheat farms. This contrast between the urban sober spaces and the fresh verdure of nature consist the work's main significance. Although non-representational approach -comparing the outstanding legacy of lyrical and geometric abstraction- is not a privileged attitude today, it is however one of the most powerful and noteworthy ways of making the painterly act still possible.
Helia Darabi