Today the Nowrouz celebrations start. Nowrouz is the Persian new year and it starts on the first day of spring. I made this card for the occasion.
Using found paper as his palette, artist Peter Clark creates intricate three-dimensional collages. He shades with density of print and creates substance and movement with lines plucked from old maps or manuscripts he finds in antique shops. Clark’s pieces are innovative as he utilizes the patterns and textures in a humorous way. Peter focuses much of his expertise on creating dog collage portraits, however his clothing and people portraits are equally incredible.
Islam like other Abrahamic religions lacks a serious role for women. It is often the case that the role has been wiped out.
Here I have made a joke that Ayatollah‘s most formidable critics in Iran are women who fight for their rights, and as a fabricated propaganda here they have turned religion into an appealing fashion house label to win them back!
I’ve developed an interest in Art that is based on real life data or in this case data from an unexpected source.
I came across TextArc a few years ago, but I didn’t think of it as Art until recently.
TextArc uses the two major classics of Hamlet and Alice in Wonderland to demonstrate how on a single page text could be visually represented. The viewer’s eye absorbs more data which it wouldn’t if you read the text in a serial page to page.
Why don’t you have a play for yourself:
http://www.aharef.info/2006/05/websites_as_graphs.htm lets you draw a beautiful graph of your web site. Here is a graphical view of my Blog.
Pop Art, a set on Flickr.
This pop Art series is in fact a single conceptual work of Art disguised as a Pop Art Series. The images are from found images that were manipulated to represent an aspect of the state of the Iranian society before the revolution and I have used the word pop as a pun for the country blowing up into that revolution. Just as important as the image is the title. The title is a single lined comment or if you like a poem that captures the essence of the social message, and in some cases it simply represent the mood that existed in lyrics and the spirit of the people of the time. a people so different from today that one can image that it was a lost nation .
Esfahan is one of the major cities in Iran. The stereotype of Esfahanies is that of someone famous for being witty, shrewd business person, rather conservative but fun loving people. Esfahan was the capital during the Safavid Dynasty 500 years ago and the foundation of Shiite Iran was set in that city. Because of a long tradition of businness families the people and their roots in tradition often go back a long way. In this comedy series which were a similar to the carry-on British series two prominent Esfahani actors i.e. Arham Sadr and Vahdat brought their stage comedy characters into a series of light comedies. For this poster I used a single misplaced tile against a New York Art Deco design similar to the Sky scrapers but with an Islamic tower to represent the displacement of the main character in NY.