Borders and Functions
When they offered me to cooperate with the ceramic-based exhibition, I picked up the field between applied art and fine art as the main theme. Since it was my very concern in presenting some of my works, with two other artists, I thought to conclude that one could not consider a specific border for such works. Nowadays, some industrial productions might even be considered as artworks with many copies.
Because I could not collect works based on such attitude, I began to search for the closest thing among artists who were available. As a result, there was an encouragement for developing a question rather than writing a simple statement.
I soon realized the artists' interest in the same field and finally decided to select some to participate in this show, such as works of artists who took the normal use of objects away from them for earning new concepts, or those who had added on complicated concepts to very simple things.
Artists who, by changing the installation features and properties of the works in applied art, create new attitudes for their audiences and those who present profound works which might be beyond an object. The artworks have things in common that, regarding the differences in subjects and concepts, could be in the collection I had in mind. Works deep in meaning, which is involved with the application of ceramic objects and artists could go beyond the borders and applications in their art by using the two elements of beauty and thought.
In this process, we have learnt that borders are the lines to cross. Our mind could not follow the boundary of principles. The invention might have happened due to entertainment. Necessity results in creation and/or creation might provide other necessities. That is why there could not be a specific border between applied art and fine art. The present collection might therefore, include the entertainment and concerns of artists who, instead of standing on the borders, apply them to express their art.
مرزها و كاربردها
هنگامی که همكارى با نمايشگاه سرامیک بنیان مرز به من پيشنهاد شد، بنا به علاقه شخصى، محدوده بين هنركاربردى و هنر زيبا را به عنوان مضمون اصلی انتخاب کردم، و از آن جا که این مسئله یکی از دغدغه-هاي خود من در ارائه برخی آثارم بود، در ابتدا در نظر داشتم با اثرى از خود و يكى دو هنرمند به بيانيه اى برسیم مبنی بر این که كه نمي توان مرز مشخصى براى اين دست آثار قائل شد و در عصر حاضر، حتى مي بايست به برخى توليدات صنعتى نيز به چشم يك اثر هنرمندانه با تكثير بي شمار نگريست.
از آن جا كه نتوانستم با اين نگاه به جمع آورى آثار بپردازم، به گفت وگو و پيدا كردن آثارى نزديك به اين فضا در بين هنرمندانى كه مي توانستم به آن ها دسترسى داشته باشم پرداختم و هيجان براى بسط يک پرسش به جاى بيانيه اى خشك آغاز شد.
خيلى زود متوجه پرسه زني هاى اكثر هنرمندان در اين حوزه شدم و در نهایت ترجيح دادم از چند نمونه مختلف در اين نمايش استفاده نمايم؛ مانند آثار هنرمندانى كه كاربرد اشياء را از آن ها گرفته بودند تا به مفاهيم تازه اى برسند، يا هنرمندانى كه مفاهيم پيچيده اى را به اشياء كاربردى ساده افزوده بودند.
هنرمندانى كه با جابه جایی چيدمان آثار هنر كاربردى نگاه هاى تازه اى را براى مخاطبان خود به ارمغان مى-آوردند و هنرمندانى كه در عين ساختن اشياء كاربردى، آثاری معنادار و فراتر از يك شیء كاربردى را ارائه مي دهند. در همه اين آثار مشتركاتى وجود دارد كه حتى با توجه به تفاوت در موضوعات و مفاهيم مي توانم آن ها را در مجموعه پرسشگر خود قرار دهم؛ آثارى معناگرا كه با كاربرد اشياء سراميكى سروكار دارد و گويى هنرمندان با استفاده از دو عنصر زيبايى و انديشه توانسته اند مرزها و كاربردها را در هنر خود درنوردند.
در این روند دریافتیم که مرزها خطوطي هستند براى عبور. ذهن ما نمي تواند در بند اصول بماند. شايد از ابتدا ساختن براى تفنن اتفاق افتاده باشد. نياز باعث خلاقيت بوده يا خلاقيت نيازهاى جديدى به وجود مى آورد. چنین است که گویی نمي توان مرز مشخصى بين هنركاربردى و هنر زيبا ترسيم کرد. پس در نگاهی دیگر شاید مجموعه پيش رو
دلمشغولي ها و بازيگوشي هاى هنرمنداني باشد كه به جاى ايستادن بر روى مرزها از آن ها براى بيان آثار هنرمدانه خود استفاده نموده اند.
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.