Something from Nothing - Dialogue with Hossein Valamanesh

Hossein Valamanesh, Seven Steps, 2009.  AP, Wood, acrylic mirro and MDF, 80 x 75 cm. © Image courtesy of Rose Issa Projects.

Hossein Valamanesh, Seven Steps, 2009.  AP, Wood, acrylic mirro and MDF, 80 x 75 cm. © Image courtesy of Rose Issa Projects.

CK  Do you have a background in sculpture?

HV  Some.  Most of the time I studied, I was painting.  In the 70s I finished art school - it was opening up… experimental and conceptional art.  I studied in Iran in the 60s - that was more basic, European academy style.  I learnt the basics of older practices.

CK  Could you tell me more about 'Seven Steps'?

HV   It's a wooden ladder which is reflected in a mirror of perspex.  But the actual reality of the object is 3.5 steps - and what makes seven steps?  So there are notions of enlightenment, it's referring to 7 paths of love.  I'm making a pun.  It's not all real.  Half imagined.  It's sort of an intriguing object.  In a sense, it's a ladder which has no beginning and no end in the real world.  It's not suspended and it's not touching anything.  It's an impossible sculpture.  Gravity is always an enemy of sculpture always wanting to pull it down into the ground.  I made a very large version of that work for another exhibition in 2008.  It was about 3-4.5 m of ladder going inside a bigger mirror and going further.

 


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