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Shirin Art Gallery Hossein Ghourchian Jul 2014 City Giant
Tehran

«ظاهر سنگین و خشکت را دوست می دارم ... غروبهای شفاف و تلألو شبهای اندیشناکت را به وقتی که ماه در آسمان نیست و غولهای خفته ی خیابانهای خیالت پیدایند .» آلکساندر پوشکین                                                                                                                           اولین باری که خود را در مقابل حجم عظيم نيروگاه فرديس يافتم ، "غول شهر" نطفه بست . نگاه کلی من در اين مجموعه بیشتر مبتنی بر ادبيات و فلسفه بود و تمام تلاش خود را به كاربستم تا حقيقت زندگي شهري را از منظر خود واكاوي كرده و به تصوير بكشم . نيروي سحر آميزي كه هنگام گذر از تونل ها ، پل ها و ساير مصنوعات شهري وجودم را در بر مي گيرد نه در مواجهه با ظاهر عظيم آنها و نه دقت های مهندسی و... ، بلكه نشأت گرفته از امري کاملا ذهنی است و همواره خود را با این پرسش در جدال می دیدم که چه چیزی این همه فریبندگی و گیرایی را فراهم می سازد؟ پاسخ در مفهومی به نام نقصان خلاصه می شد، گویی که همواره در تجربه شهری با ديالكتيكي از پيش عقيم شده و بدون سنتز بين امر عيني و امر ذهني طرفیم. به عبارت ديگر آن چیست که وحدت ايده آل را در هم می شکند؟ با آگاهي به اين كه در بهترين حالت ممكن نتيجه ی قطعي غير قابل تصویر کردن است و فرجامي جز شكست معروف هنرمند ِ بكتی در انتظار نخواهد بود! . قصدم جاي گرفتن در قلمروهاي ناممكن هنري نبوده است اما حقيقتاً اين درگيري نيروي پيش برندهء رنگ و قلم مو بوده است . بنابراين بايد لحظاتي پا پس كشيد و با ارجاعاتي بيان مند به فضاي شهري براي مدتي از اين چرخهء ديوانه وار بيرون رفت . نتيجتاً غالب فرم هاي شهري اين مجموعه در اين حركت رفت و برگشتي شكل گرفته اند. به اين منظور كه ازهرگونه عینی سازی فاصله بگیرم و در عين حال تصاویرم ،ياد آور فضاي شهري باشند . كاراكتر غول شهر به عنوان مظهري از مدرنيته ی شهری، در موقعیتی پارادوكسيكال زاده شده است . گويي غول شهر است كه مسبب تمامي وضعيت حاضر است ، و برای تقويت و ثبات وجود خویش نقش هایی دوگانه ايفا مي كند: دل فريب و زننده، با هيبت اما آسيب پذير، معصوم و خودكامه و ...

 در نهايت ، ناقص الخلقه بودن براي او به نوعي ذاتي وطبيعي است از آن جهت كه همواره در حال رشد است. بنابر اين ظاهراً هرگز كليتي بي نقص نخواهد داشت، به همين علت هنگامي كه احساس نياز پيدا كند دست به تغيير مي زند حتي به قيمت تخريب سازمان يافته ی خود ! 

"I love your heavy and arid look…your glassy sunsets and the shinning mindful nights are appeared when the moon is not in the sky and sleeping giants of your dream are shown."            Alexander Pushkin             

The idea for “City Giant” was created while I was standing in front of the Fardis huge power plant for the first time. My overall view is based on literature and philosophy in this collection and I've tried my best to analyze urban life and show it in my work. There is a magical power which holds me while I’m passing through tunnels, bridges and other urban environments.  Their large facades, volume and precise engineering attracts and inspires me and I am exploring why. I am summarizing the answer into the “City Giant” concept.  Though we are faced with pre-sterilized urban environments, an ideal unity that seems one could not destroy. And this question reminds us of the famous failure of Beckett’s artist-heros who are, in the very moment of composition, engaged in trying to kill their own creations, end their own fictions, so as to arrive at the reality. I feel this conflict is the push behind the colors and brushes I use. The most urban forms in this series were created in a repeated painting motion in order to distance myself from the objectiveness of these forms. “City Giant” was created as a symbol of urban modernity in a paradoxical situation, and the character in this series is responsible for the current situation and plays a double role to strengthen and stabilize his own existence: lovely and nasty, strong yet vulnerable, innocent but autocratic, with innate physical deformities from constant growth. He will never be perfect because he is always changing, or perhaps one day too, self-destruct.

نمایشگاه آثار " حسین قورچیان " با عنوان " غول شهر " تیر 1393 گالری شیرین 

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Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.