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  • Who knows, the world might come to an end tonight.
    Peyman Konjkav, Kaveh Azizian
    5 Feb – 1 March 2021

    You barely open your eyes, but it’s the knock on the door that awakes you. It’s not the day’s fatigue awaiting behind the door to plague your soul with its bright lashings, no bones about that!
    Before you can even reach for the door knob, it opens the door, its intimidating charming darkness filling the void. Clinging to your collar, it stares you in the eyes. The smile not so beautiful as it always was, leans its cold forehead upon yours and asks:
    « How was your day? »
    How was it really? You conceivably don’t remember, and it doesn’t make any difference anyway. Come the night, little matters how one has spent their day, the only thing that matters is to hurry. Hurry to closet all the beauty of day and open your arms for the night’s devils. They are not even worth being missed for. By dawn, they creep out of the closet by themselves, hanging all that boring beauty on the walls around.
    By nighttime, one should just hurry. « Who knows, the world might come to an end tonight »

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    Press Release:

    “Soo” contemporary arts gallery is holding a joint exhibition of the art works of Peyman Konjkav and Kaveh Azizian, entitled “Who knows, the world might come to an end tonight” , Feb 15th – Mar 1st. More than a score of art works from these two artists are to be shown, consisting of paintings done by acrylic on canvas and volumes by mixed materials.
    The common element of the visual worlds of Payman Konjkav and Kaveh Azizian is the refuge from reality indicating and exaggerating in animation-like fantasies, not to emphasize less on the fact that neither of them intends to undertake mere meaningless fantasies or joyful charm. But through insisting on fundamental notions such as ephemerality, nothingness, and obscure future, in a modern guise and mainly coming from eastern animated illustrations, they prompt to establish a fresh dialogue with their audience.
    Cyborgs in an apocalyptic atmosphere meet the eye in paintings and volumes made by Payman Konjkav; cyborg being a creature in organic-mechanical body, which the notion has risen from somewhere among the transactions of modern man with computer. Entitled to its basic role in previous works of Peyman Konjkav, the computer is now moving its roots forward in a conceptual way in his pieces of work. A prediction or dream as to the ending whereabouts of man could seem to be interpreted by his art works in a way or another; not such a happily-ever-after prediction, but exciting enough.
    The world presented by Kaveh Azizian’s artworks is in great accord with our today’s world, dominated and conquered by fantastic characters, lacking absolutely any sign of human presence, though. Footprints of human existence could only be seen in constructing roads and cities or even creating these very creatures to whom we have handed our earth! Given the muteness and the incapability of characters in establishing any sort of verbal communications, it seems we are witnessing pictures from the dawn of seizure! Kaveh Azizian’s paintings and volumes also come from the future, far or near, where-too inexistent- we fail to get a grasp of the predominance of outer space creatures on earth instead of us; which one now? Payman’s cyborgs or Kaveh’s characters?
    “Who knows, the world might come to an end tonight” is thought provoking, while spectacular, referring to the end of the world and thereafter. It might not present the most hopeful image, but it’s not entirely disappointing, even if the end is indeed tonight.