Sépànd Danesh

Visual Artist (Iran/France)

Sépànd Danesh produces paintings that represent infinite inclusion, "corners" inhabited by mysterious objects. He also makes drawings; every day in the past decade, he has created hundreds of tiny glyphs both abstract and figurative, sorted in columns on A4 paper that he keeps in the "corner" of his pocket. He also rewrites – or copies – the full text of Proust's "In Search of Lost Time". His work is all about reassembling the scattered material of his personal history, of art history, and of global history. That’s the reason of the "corner": it’s a place where you can put things before sorting and filing them. Sépànd Danesh left his home country, Iran, when he was 11 years old. He has lived in the United States and in France since. Migration, the movement from one place to another and from one language to another, has modified his relationship to time. Sépànd shifted from a linear perception of time to a fragmented one. His art is therefore an attempt to fix the unfixable, a sort of imaginary language created to find a balance between old and new languages.

More info: www.sepanddanesh.com

Fragments of an Immobile Journey

In his solo show at Art-Cade, "Fragments of an Immobile Journey", Sépànd Danesh will display a new series of paintings. He will continue his experimentation of the "corner" as a place where time and movement are suspended. By placing the viewer in a position of distance, the corner is an invitation to think while it makes movement almost impossible. The corner is a gap within the continuity of time. It is also a non-place where everything can coexist, the place of dreams. The place where binarities are put aside, where the violence of language is frozen. In the difficult space of the corner, we are asked to look at things differently, and to move and go beyond, both in space and in time, to leave behind the structures of a compulsory circulation. In his paintings, different elements are coming together, looking at history from a kaleidoscope: architecture in miniature (Stonehenge), fragments of an Annunciation, empty frames, structures out of context, military vehicles, everything dissolving into a psychedelic background. Sépànd Danesh has a peculiar use of paint: informed and educated, but also original and ironic. The superposition of layers and of perspectives is a feature of the medium. By drawing from these features, he invents a new way of painting. "Fragments of an Immobile Journey” is a promise of evasion. A horizon for Sépànd Danesh.

Apostasy - mixed on canvas

Sépànd will be in residence at the Camargo Foundation from June 12 to 20, with support provided by Art-Cade - Galerie des Grands Bains Douches.