I was amazed to see the work of Homa Arkani, a young Iranian pop artist. Her Paintings focus on the social/cultural issues faced by young Iranian girls. The feelings her paintings bring to me are very nostalgic and familiar; they remind me of my last few years of life back in Iran. Feelings of insecurity, anger along with the typical teenage quest for trying new things in life, on the way of finding my identity in a country like Iran where women are under tremendous pressure. “These images of young girls who have so thoroughly immersed in their fantastic world demonstrate the crisis of identity amongst the middle-class new generation of Iranian women. As one treads a path among these flamboyant features one easily identifies them as stereotypical adolescent city girl in today Iran. Vanity, overindulgence, artificiality, extravagance; these are the expressions which come up in a spectator’s mind in the first place. Homa Arkani has presented her familiar and, at the same time, awkward characters in both indoors and public places, creating a psychically-charged space to reveal the characteristics of this section of the society.” Click here to read more.
London 2012 Olympic, beside being the most important sport event of the year, was an amazing showcase of great “English” design. Beside the great pieces of architecture, one thing that seriously caught my attention during the opening ceremony was the Olympic Cauldron designed by British artist Thomas Heatherwick . 204 petals resembling all the teams participating in the Olympics were laid on a concentric structure. As the first petal was flamed up by the torch, slowly all of them started burning and moved up into a big flame or the main Cauldron. What I really loved about this sculpture was the way of celebrating that “very moment” of turning up the flame by putting it into a beautiful slow motion process. Once the Olympic finishes each participating team can take their own petal from the cauldron back home as a memory of London 2012 Olympics. I think the design is a great example of the power of “ART” in unifying all cultures into a peaceful world which is one of the purposes behind the Olympics. I also loved the design of the Torch by designers BarberOsgerby ; the smooth triangular form made of golden aluminum alloy successfully put this historic object into the modern context of 2012 Olympics. The body of the torch was perforated by 8000 circles symbolizing the number of people who had carried it making it both a functional and symbolic object. Click to read more about the Cauldron and the Torch.
I love the work of SPENCER TUNICK, an american artist whose work involves nudity of groups of people in public places. Due to nature of his work which pushes the social, political and legal issues, he is not allowed to work in USA. However, that has not stopped him and he has done shoots of naked people all around the world. Even though, his medium of art (naked body) sounds daring and to some extent disturbing, his attempt in adding layers of texture, color and contextualizing the image in space has totally changed the normal perspective on “nude bodies in public”. I enjoyed his work and I definitely think it is very creative and different, causing us to have a new vision of nudism.