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Construction and Destruction Magni-framed
1.In Ghent Museum of Art, there is a still life painting by Willem Claesz Heda that foregrounds unmade tables with half-eaten sweets, peeled lemons and collapsed wine glasses. In the back ground, a palace has been depicted which stands firmly in its position, bearing absolutely no signs of destruction. This 17th-century still life is the counter example of Reza Baharvand's latest body of works. Unlike the Dutch still life earlier mentioned, Baharvand foregrounds objects associated with well-to-do life style ... objects that are not only intact and completely safe from ruin, but have also been gilded for a glowier and more eye-catching appearance, in a similar fashion with objects spotlighted in store windows. As opposed to this made-up and showcased space, we are faced with ruins in the background: War-stricken urban areas which have been constructed with great scrutiny, and have then been mercilessly destroyed by their maker. In Dutch still lifes, in order to show the ephemeral nature of life, objects such as skulls, half-finished wine glasses, sand clocks and the like would be portrayed in the foreground of the painting, and the viewer, would sense his own closeness to the immediate futility represented in the painting. In Baharvand’s works, proximity to ruin has given way to distance from it. The ruin is in the background; however, it casts its spell on the foregrounded objects. With this change in the order of things, the painter has defamiliarized the well-known order found in still life paintings.
2. Man is generally absent in still life works. If not totally absent, it can be said that man has a sort of negative presence in this genre of work. In the present works, the foregrounded objects convey man’s sense of relief from the ruin in the back ground. Man is absent, however, his negative presence is traceable through the ruins in the far back and the gild work in the front.
3. Still life is a setting of everyday objects within a small frame. This series is completely ...