Sophia Contemporary is delighted to announce an exhibition of works by Iranian-born, US-based artist Ramin Shirdel. The show will include four new large-scale freestanding sculptures, three wall-based sculptures and two paintings by the artist. Each sculpture is made up of intricate layers to form words or individual letters in Farsi and English. The works feature strong colours - red, yellow and purple - in reference to the vibrancy of a dreamscape, an antidote to the commonplace grayscale of the modern day urban landscape.
Trained originally as an architect, Shirdel draws upon the characteristics of this medium in his artistic practice. Shirdel uses a technique of layering, which he first developed whilst designing buildings, and applies it to the iconography of language. He explores the spatial, abstract and sculptural properties of letters and words, making references to the Italian Spatialist tradition and Pop Art. Through the medium of sculpture and architecture, the artist emphasises the ambiguity of language and casts a light in a playful way on the different cultural levels of meaning contained within words.