Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 16, 2015
San Francisco will soon be home to the latest gateway in the Portals Project, a public art project curated by Shared_Studios that uses design and technology to connect strangers and artists across the globe. So what exactly is a portal? A portal is a retrofitted shipping container painted gold and immersed with audio and visual technology inside. When you enter the portal, you come face to face with a stranger in a similar portal across the globe for a one-on-one conversation. In San Francisco, the Portal is a gateway to Tehran, Herat, El Progreso, or Mexico City (depending on the time of day).
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tehran, Iran is a complicated place. Based at the immense Albourz mountain range, it holds about 12 million people in its expanded metropolitan area. And like any large city, it is fast and full of billboards. Billboards of ads or religious statements and not so much any more but phrases like Death To America, but for 10 days starting May 7, more than 1,500 billboards are displaying 700 works of art. Munch, Magritte, Hockney, Matisse and Picasso among traditional Persian miniatures, carpets, calligraphy and world famous Iranian poet and artist Sohrab Sepehri.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2015
Born in Tehran in 1924, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian is at the forefront of contemporary Iranian art. Her work illustrates a commitment to traditional Persian techniques and patterns, combining mirror mosaics, Islamic geometric patterns and...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The works of the Iranian artist Samira Hodaei remind the viewer of writings of Persian poetry. Haunting, double-edged, rich in symbolism and complexity. But clearly the most distinctive feature of the artist’s oeuvre is to be found in her unusual technique. Samira Hodaei applies meticulously tiny dots of glass paint to the canvas millimeter for millimeter that are based on photographs...
Juxtapoz // Friday, September 05, 2014
Taraneh Hemami premieres her Creative Capital-supported project, Theory of Survival: Fabrications, at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, September 5 – October 25. Fabrications is a pop-up bazaar of ideas and ideologies that celebrates movements of dissent in Iran and its diaspora through the production of collected historical archives in hand-crafted replications, using the traditional bazaar architecture.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
We are enjoying the work of New York-based artist Kymia Nawabi this morning. Nawabi is a first-generation Iranian-American artist who describes her work as "an allegory of human behavior" and weaves a fantastical personal mythology together with "adopted gods, mythological creatures and burial ceremonies from different cultures."
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 09, 2013
We love these murals by Iranian street artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo. They are fun, playful, bright, and the perspective, depth, and imagination are fantastic! Mehdi has painted over 100 murals in the Iranian capital of Tehran. He studied at Tarbiat Modares University and is the owner and designer of his mural painting company Blue Sky Painters Company.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 12, 2013
We are enjoying the paintings Iranian-American artist Tala Madani. Her portraits of Middle Eastern men are provocative and humorous commentaries on cultural and sexual identity. The scenes in her work "play out fictive rituals of a deviant, distinctly female imagination: prayer gatherings twisted into homosexual orgies, birthday parties targeted for terrorist attack, and tattoos and body hair plucking construed as the latest in ultra-macho beauty makeovers."
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 16, 2012
Anyone can declare that life is beautiful on a gallery wall, but how about saying that Life Is Beautiul using hundreds of knives? We haven't really ever heard of Knife Typography before, so perhaps we can assume that the 2009 Farhad Moshiri installation is the world's first.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 24, 2011
Shirin Fakhim is a 38-year-old self-taught artist living and working in Tehran, Iran. Her found-object sculptures of Tehran streetwalkers are explicit and provocative, made up of traditional terra cotta pots of various shapes and sizes, decorated with fabrics, wigs, and different accessories bought in public markets and bazaars on the streets of Tehran.