Art People Gallery Presents Internationally Renowned Artist Yari Ostovany - September 1st-15th, 2012

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Art People Gallery, a premier San Francisco art gallery, presents the paintings of celebrated artist Yari Ostovany.

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Born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran, Yari Ostovany moved to the United States in 1978 and pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada - Reno and then at the San Francisco Art institute, receiving an MFA in Painting in 1995.

Ostovany’s work is a personal journey of exploration into the realm of the spiritual through the alchemy of paint, color, light, texture and the poetics of space. Densely layered compositions made over time with numerous layers of thick and thin washes and glazes, his paintings are records of this intuitive journey. He starts with calligraphic-based gestural marks, solid forms and shapes which then begin to disintegrate as the layers explode and implode, are added, rubbed out, reapplied, scoured into and scraped away and built back up, expanding and developing in a rhizome like, lateral structure until the distinction between the foreground and the background and the spatial hierarchy begin to dissolve – somewhat akin to layers of memory – and give way to another, ephemeral sense of form and visual phenomena. Yari Ostovany’s artwork can be seen at Art People Gallery in the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., Suite 41, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Living in the space between two cultures, Ostovany is interested in investigating the nomadic in-between spaces: between emergence and disappearance, between the solid and the void. He is further interested in the mechanics of a symbiotic relationship between Persian and Western art; the former being his innate orientation and the latter the tradition in which he has been trained. His interest lies not in a synthesis of styles but rather in an epistemological approach and in the tectonic interactions that give rise to the creation of peaks and troughs within a culture, dismantling those visual vocabularies to their most bare and abstract cultural elements and sensibilities, using this as a point of departure to move more and more towards a terrain that lies in between the musical and the architectural.

Ostovany works in series and each series has its origin in a cognitive/emotional spark, an experience which is used as a point of departure. The different series are ongoing and expand at their own pace. It may take a new painting in a series ten years to come to fruition while other series continue to evolve and expand at a faster tempo.

Ostovany has been actively exhibiting nationally and internationally including solo and group shows in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East and his work is included in various private collections as well as the permanent collection of the University of Nevada, Reno Art Department and the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut.

Yari Ostovany will be showing a selection of his paintings at Art People Gallery from September 1st through September 15th, 2012. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th, from 5-8pm.

Art People Gallery, a premier San Francisco art gallery, is located in the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., in the heart of the financial district, near Union Square’s exclusive shopping area, close to the MOMA and the Jewish Museum. Art People is a full service gallery installation.

Art People Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays 10am-6pm, and on Saturdays from 11am-5pm. For more information, contact Ali Meamar at (415) 956-3650 or at info(at)artpeople(dot)net. You can also become a follower of Art People Gallery’s Facebook page.

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