Atmospheric Abstraction at Vorres Gallery

Barbara Morris, art ltd. Bay area-based artist Yari Ostovany has traveled far from his birthplace of Iran, which he left shortly after the beginning of the revolution, to his current home in Oakland. His journey has taken him through the MFA program at the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as a lengthy residence in Cologne, Germany. Ostovany’s medium to large-scale works are process-based and meditative, reflecting his interests in poetry and music, as well as a blending of Eastern and Western cultures. Chellehneshin 14 (2012) refers to a period of 40 days of praying …

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The Socratic method in shape and color

Dr. Grant Leneaux The Latin poet Horace famously stated that the purpose of poetry is to produce “delectare et prodesse”, to delight and enlighten the reader or listener. Yari Ostovany’s work can be seen as a pictorial translation of that dictum. While his paintings are instantaneously and effortlessly compelling, they do not yield themselves fully at first view. Their “meaning” is not accessible on the surface. They make their demands on the viewer. Demands of a philosophical as well as aesthetic order. Both intellectual and emotional demands of a high order. Yari Ostovany is truly …

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Art in Embassies, Dushanbe, Tajikistan 2010

Art in Embassies (AIE), a U.S. Department of State program, creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and fosters mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges.AIE develops and presents approximately 60 exhibitions per year and has installed over 70 permanent art collections in more than 200 of the Department’s diplomatic facilities in 189 countries.To accomplish the mission, AIE engages over 20,000 international participants, including artists, museums, galleries, universities, and private collectors. More info here

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Hidden Wounds, Paper Bullets: Iranian Contemporary Art

Catalog from the 2009 exhibition at California State University, Fullerton Grand Central Art Center Curated by Elizabeth Little As a result of the Iranian Revolution of the 1970s, the artists participating in this exhibition explore western culture and Iranian traditions through their art. Unified by their cultural experiences, these artists offer insight into a community torn between democratic and theocratic values, and a Persian past and Islamic present.

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Die Poesie der Existenz; Malerei von Yari Ostovany

Dr. Christoph Kivelitz | > English translation by Dr. Joep Lameer  Yari Ostovany setzt sich in seinem Schaffen auf verschiedenen Ebenen mit der Erfahrung eines kulturellen Gedächtnisses auseinander. In Bildzyklen umkreist der Künstler assoziativ mythisch geprägte Motive, in denen die Frage nach dem Ursprung und der Sinnhaftigkeit des Lebens aufgeworfen wird. Hierzu gehören die”Vogelgespräche” und die Figur des Ikarus. Zwei weitere Bildzyklen versteht der Künstler als Hommage an Goya und Ezra Pound, deren Gedankenwelt ihn wesentlich in seiner abstrakten Bildsprache beeinflusst hat. Die”Vogelgespräche” beziehen sich auf eines der klassischen Werke der Sufi-Literatur, verfasst von Farid …

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The Poetics of Existence; Paintings of Yari Ostovany

Dr. Christoph Kivelitz / English translation by Dr. Joep Lameer | > original German  In his creative activity, Yari Ostovany deals at various levels with the phenomenon of cultural  memory. Following his stream of consciousness, the artist revolves in cycles of paintings around themes that bear the mark of the myth and raise questions about the sense and origin of existence. Among these are the”Conference of the Birds” and the Icarus motif. The artist regards two further cycles as tributes to Goya and Ezra Pound, whose ideas have greatly influenced his abstract pictorial language. The …

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