‘Prolepsis’ by Sahand Hesamiyan at The Third Line

Sahand Hesamiyan, Pillars of Victory, 2023, Steel Mo40 Steel 45 Rockwell Hardness, Two Pieces, 45 x 11 x 11 cm, 37 x 9.7 x 9.7 cm, Courtesy of the Third Line, Dubai.

The Third Line has announced its third solo exhibition featuring Sahand Hesamiyan. Titled “Prolepsis,” this exhibition marks a significant milestone in the artist’s 24-year journey with steel. It showcases a collection of sculptures that not only celebrate his unwavering dedication to this medium but also unveils a treasure trove of long-cherished yet unrealised projects.

“Prolepsis” serves as a moment of introspection for Hesamiyan. Although the artist is widely acclaimed for his ambitious large-scale works, this exhibition offers a unique perspective by presenting miniature versions of those highly anticipated projects that have remained in the realm of imagination but not yet materialised. Each sculpture becomes a poignant reminder of the potential that could have been, prompting viewers to contemplate the delicate balance between aspiration and realization.

Sahand Hesamiyan, Mejmar I & II, 2023, Courtesy of the Third Line, Dubai.

Hesamiyan’s art marries the precise geometric principles found in Islamic architecture with his own minimalist sensibilities. This fusion results in works that convey profound and spiritual themes deeply rooted in ancient Iranian heritage. Through his reinterpretation of elements drawn from Iranian architecture, Hesamiyan not only emphasises the fundamental design and conceptual significance but also underscores their pivotal role in shaping the rich history of Islamic art.

As visitors traverse through the exhibition, they embark on a captivating journey into the intricate realm of the artist’s creative process. This immersive experience provides a rare opportunity to witness the genesis of Hesamiyan’s ideas, offering a profound understanding of his unwavering commitment to his craft. It fosters a deeper connection between the audience and the artist, allowing them to appreciate the intricacies of his work on a more profound level. “Prolepsis” is a testament to Sahand Hesamiyan’s enduring artistic journey, celebrating his achievements while inviting contemplation of the unrealised potential that lingers within the creative mind.

Sahand Hesamiyan, Pillars of Victory, 2023, Steel Mo40 Steel 45 Rockwell Hardness, Two Pieces, 45 x 11 x 11 cm, 37 x 9.7 x 9.7 cm, Courtesy of the Third Line, Dubai.

About Sahand Hesamiyan

Sahand Hesamiyan, born in Tehran in 1977, holds a Bachelor of Sculpture from the University of Tehran. His multifaceted practice combines expertise in construction techniques, resulting in both monumental metal sculptures and intricate works on paper. Hesamiyan’s art transcends conventional forms, showcasing his technical prowess while drawing inspiration from craftsmanship and historical concepts. He explores the intersections of geometry, mythology, and philosophy, reinterpreting traditional elements for the modern era. His complex sculptures, whether freestanding or wall installations, reflect his mastery in designing structural systems, incorporating historic design methods from Persian architecture. Hesamiyan’s solo exhibitions have been showcased worldwide, and his work is held in prestigious private and public collections, including the Delfina Entrecanales Collection, Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, The Samawi Collection, and MAC.

Dates: 28 September – 3 November 2023

Location: The Third Line, Dubai



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