9 18th Street
Friday, December 27, 2013–Monday, January 6, 2014
The exhibition is on view through January 6, 2014 from 11 am to 8 pm
History is an accumulation of common days, accumulation of signs, trends, and then oblivion of the vogue. History only keeps things that have become threadbare and stereotyped over excessive repetition. History is an accumulation of stereotypes. It gets even worse when the stereotypical history tends to approach the closer past. Everything seems indistinct and distorted in the closer past. Everything seems to be in our memories; As soon as we think something, we surmise that it will revive in our memories, and that is probably why we do not regard as history what we have in mind of the events of twenty or thirty years ago. the close past is not considered history and it is nonetheless saturated with stereotypes.
It requires an extra-usual precision, in order to see layer after layer through the close past, to see the accumulation of signs, accumulation of trends, to peel such an extricable skintight, monolithic history; - a better-cutting razor that can carve in the scale of days and weeks.
I dare say that mohammad Khodashenas is the day-carving razor, the week-carving blade. By probing into the years and decades of the past, he reminds us – through his paintings – of the days that we had thought we can easily think about, but the more we attempt to think of them the less we remember as they have been forgotten among the accumulated days of the past. The paintings of Mohammad Khodashenas are our memories.