Ongoing solo exhibition by Iranian-Canadian artist Mansoureh Ashrafi – Bright Whispers.
From December 7 – December 21st, 2019
Opening Show – December 7th , from 7pm to 10 pm
For the second time this year, Mansoureh Ashrafi , the prolific and inspiring Iranian-Canadian artist and writer from Montreal, comes to Ambigu with a handful of her most recent works entitled ‘Bright Whispers’.
The Gallery AMBIGU is pleased to invite Montrealers to view Ashrafi’s universe of colours and details from which emerges a personal, extraordinary, and captivating world.
Her work revitalizes traditional floral life using an exaggerated scale and a contemporary palette. Some panels display bright, deep colours, but many adopt a soft approach with shades of white, mint and brilliant blue, with various greens, pinks and oranges reinforcing a perfectly coloured accent.
Mansoureh Ashrafi describes herself as “a contemporary expressionist artist”, referring to her modern conception of floral subjects and brush strokes.
Ashrafi marries abstraction and realism. Her works are immediately recognizable as flowers, but consist of layers of dynamic brushstrokes and gesture marks. Her expressive style allows her to capture both the physical subject and the emotions that nature and flowers can evoke.
Much of the work of the exhibition is part of the latest series of Ashrafi, designed to be brave and bold and embrace fragility and strength, lightness and darkness, heaven and earth.
As ASHRAFI is also a writer, here are two of her poems taken from the collection of poems “The poems of silence”
This is it
Life and bread
Life and bread and love
Life and bread and love and freedom
Each one as much as a hand shoe.
Behind all these eyelids
So many eyes
So many dreams
Behind the sea, mountains.
The range of the wheat musician.
And the writing of words.
In the memories of helpless and shelter.
In the bright whisper of darkness
In the songs of abandoned
In Half-drunk cups
Behind all this memory
The exhibition is open every day, from 11pm to 3pm AND 5pm TO 8pm until December 21st