Mehdi Sharafi

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The cohesion of elements can manifest itself in several forms. Based on these cohesions and combinations, we obtain different results. This is the problem at the origin of the creation of many artistic realizations using a diversity of media and in different forms. One of the simplest forms of musical compositions are duets, where two instruments come together to create harmony. These compositions can have ups and downs, contrast, mixture and diversity of realization. A duet is a form of musical composition where you can understand the passages between the two instruments as well as the monologue of each one. A duet is the frontier between entanglement and fragmentation. By choosing the name “Duet” for a series of paintings, defining thereby pictorial spaces composing it, we try to move on the same frontier – towards the same fusion. This duality is defined inside the very entanglement. Duet is an attempt to create dialogue and dialectics between two parts of a pictorial space. We do not have two different images or two different frames. We are in one single composition. The composition is the result of a dialogue – a dialectic aiming at eclecticism and unity of the two parts. Duet tries to trespass frontiers and has, at the same time, such pictorial characteristics. In Duet we see representations but also subjective images; familiar elements as well as abstract ones. We traverse different frontiers – subjective-pictorial frontiers creating a different challenge in each space: the challenge of realizing unity. In each Duet, as in most of my work, different subjects and questions are explored. Each piece of work is facing different challenges. But above the event which can be seen in each piece, and its atmosphere and approach, and at the heart of the concept of the whole series, are the actions and reactions that create the pictorial spaces: this is the question of border in a unique pictorial space. The problem in Duet is the problem of borders. Duet is formed on a border and finds an identity, a visible and tangible line, a clear separation. But the two parts of each Duet tend to attain unity: a unity aiming at ignoring the border. In each Duet, each part completes the other: without this other part, its visual and semantic value is reduced. The event of each piece is on the border between the two pieces. The narration and the atmosphere defining the whole series are subject to this separating line and to independent Duets composing the series.

You can see some examples of the works of Duet below.



Duet nº 7, acrylic on canvas, 73 x 120 (2 x 73 x 60) cm, 2018-2020


Duet nº 5, acrylic on canvas, 73 x 120 (2 x 73 x 60) cm, 2018-2020


Duet nº 10, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 (2 x 120 x 60) cm, 2018


Duet nº 3, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 (2 x 60 x 30) cm, 2018