Echoes in Blue

I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of traditional Iranian paintings many of which are miniature paintings or realism art. But then again, being a writer, I know that art is subjective and my taste does not reflect the quality of those traditional paintings that I know many Iranians like.

However, yesterday I was pleasantly surprised as I happened to walk in to the Bergamot Station Art Center which is one of my favorite places to go on a rainy weekend. I happened to see some paintings from Iranian artists living and working in Iran today which I thought were pretty impressive.

I had seem some advertisement about Echoes in Blue so after looking around a bit, I recognized it as that exhibition. It’s promoted as an exhibition that reflects the life struggles that exist in Iran’s long lasting revolutionary state. The title of the exhibition is from a poem by a renowned Iranian female poet, Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967), in which she reminisces about the echoes of blue in Isfahan, a world-famous Iranian city with hundreds of historic structures, built primarily in blue tiles.

Some say that the poem, like the exhibition, is a reflection of Iranian culture. I would say that these paintings along with some of the underground music, works of graffiti, and film, are an indication of how the Iranian culture and society is changing. And I for one am hopeful and positive about this change.

These are some of the images of the paintings. The show runs from October 16 through November 14, 2010 at the James Gray Gallery in Los Angeles, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 16 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Try to make it there if you can.

The painting below was probably my most favorite. It’s from Hussein Khosrajerdi, who participated in the Venice Biennial in 2003 and portrays characters with no identity, struggling to maintain their Persian identity in the contradiction imposed by the Islamic system. I love the colors and the subtleness of the message.


This one is from Amirhossein Zanajni which depicts the ruins of once spectacular historical buildings, symbols of Iranian/Persian heritage, which have been destructed by the imposition of strict Islamic rules.


This painting is interesting because I think it very much reflects how a lot of people in Iran feel today. Lack of opportunities and ability to just simply live their lives the way they would like due to the political atmosphere and many of the outdated social and cultural limitations and taboos. This piece is from Ahmad Morshedloo which captures oridinary people in what seems to be an enternal waiting mode; given up, indifferent and bored.


I like the colors on this one. Bold and expressive. By Fereydoon Omidi.


I find this one unusual for an Iranian painting. There is something almost Fusion or Asian about it. I really like it. It’s by Golanz Fathi.


There were some other beautiful paintings too. You can see some of them here.


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