نقاشی و در کل هنر برایِ شباهنگ طیاری، چیزی از پیش تعیین شده یا مقدس یا آیینی نیست؛بازیِ روزمره ای ست که او با مهارت و آگاهی، سال هاست دنبال می کند، آنقدر که خود یک بازی جدید می سازد؛خراب می کند، تازه می کند یا دور می ریزد.بازی روزانه ای که وی به آن معتاد است...
هر چیزی را می توانید در نقاشی ها و مفاهیمِ وی پیدا کنید از سفینه یِ فضایی گرفته تا خودِ هنر، از بازی با تابوها تا خاطره و شعر، اما آنچه به جز تازگی تصویری کارِ او را کارِ او می کند؛ شوخی با مفاهیمِ کلیشه شده در هنر و علم است.او یک پنج چرخه می سازد که به هیچ کار نمی آید یا دری که به میز تبدیل شده است.او فسیل هایِ ویترینی ذهن مخاطب را هم زمان که در کارش موردِ تاکید قرار می دهد به بازی می گیرد.تصویر لوازمی مثلِ ماشین حساب یا دوچرخه که در ذهنِ انسان امروزی مثل همان کوه، درخت و پرنده است در کاری که اثر هنری اوست با طنزی تازه آشنایی زدایی شده و در قالبِ کارِ هنری پالایش می شود.به عبارتی او از خاطراتی که ما از رسانه، تکنولوژی و هنر داریم به نفعِ خود استفاده می کند و بدونِ اینکه کارش به یک تصویرِنوستالژیکِ کلیشه تبدیل شود خاطره را با خاطره منهدم کرده یک اثرِ هنریِ امروزی می سازد که گاهی بیشتر آینده را به یاد می اورد تا گذشته را.مجسمه هایش را انگار مخترعی از قرن نوزده برایِ آینده ساخته است و این ساخته سال ها بعد اثرِ هنری نام گرفته است.او به حاضر آماده کاری اکتفا نمی کند و همان قدر که دوشان و پیکابیا را می شناسد به همان اندازه هم از شوکِ ریچارد پرینس و مالیخولیایِ مجسمه هایِ دالی و جدیدترهایی مثلِ چارلز رِی در کارهایش بهره می برد، بدونِ این که ردِ آنها را پاک کند محلولِ تازه اش را در آکواریوم می ریزد تا آینده یِ زنگار گرفته و گذشته ای زنده را نشانمان دهد.
Painting or “art” in general, is not something pre-defined, holy or ritual for Shabahang Tayyari. It is an everyday game that he has been following with thorough consciousness and skill for years. This constant trial has enabled him to create his own original games which he can destroy, renew or discard when he wishes. Every day games to which he is addicted…
Anything can be found in Shabahang’s paintings and concepts; from portraying a spaceship and playing with taboos to memories, poetry and pure art itself. Apart from their visual novelty, what makes his works unique and exclusive is joking with clichéd concepts of art and science. For instance, he makes a five-wheel bicycle that is of no use or a door that has been transformed into a table. He emphasizes on and plays with the fossil-like fixed patterns of human minds while using them in his pieces. The image of an object like a bicycle or a calculator which resembles the image of mountains, trees and birds in the mind of a man today, is defamiliarized with a modern ironic concept and eventually refined into a pure work of art. In other words, he takes advantage of our memories from media, technology and arts to his own benefit and without giving clichéd nostalgic images to his works, destroys memory with memory and creates a contemporary piece of art that reminds us more of the future rather than the past. It is as if his sculptures have been made by a 19th-century inventor for the future and this invention is perceived as an art work years later. He does not only confine to ready-mades, but also benefits from the melancholy of Dalli’s Sculptures, the shock of Richard Prince and contemporaries like Charles Ray as much as he does from knowing Duchamp and Picabia. While there is no attempt to erase footprints of these artists, in one of his works, he pours his new solution in an aquarium, in order to demonstrate a rusty future and a vivid past.
Vahid Sharifian 2014
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.