The present work is a remarkable example of the early experiments of Zenderoudi with traditional elements and motifs of Iranian folkloric art, later to be called the “Coffeehouse School”. Zenderoudi who created works based on Iranian talismans of the early 1960s, started producing elaborate works full of numbers, writings and names inspired by the figures on the astrolabe that had its roots in traditional art and popular beliefs during the mid-1970s. In this outstanding example of his paintings, Zenderoudi has illustrated countless tiny recurring numbers written on colorful intersecting lines. This work also demonstrates his attempt to discover the mysterious qualities as well as the visual capacities of words in creating an abstract painting. In the static setting of this work, which is a product of an incredible mass of calligraphic elements, excessive “repetition” of numbers has created a rhythm. Patches of color that are splashed over the crossed numbers produce excitement in the work, distinguishing it from a merely decorative painting. Numbers allude to the science of mathematics, on the one hand, and indicate their everyday use in human life and their repetition, on the other. Examples of this period of Zenderoudi’s works are kept at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, and similar works have already been sold at international auctions.
Zenderoudi boldly draws lines, flavoring his work with allusion and humor wherever he can afford. What distinguishes his work from that of his fellow contemporary artists is insistence on recurrence and the strange dominating wit rather than a painterly quality. It can be compared to an allegorical form of a gilded folio hidden in old manuscripts.