1156-Conference of the Birds 44
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Born in Iran in 1962, Yari Ostovany moved to the United States at the age of 16 and pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada-Reno and then at the San Francisco Art institute where he received his MFA in 1995. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally, and is the recipient of Center For Cultural Innovation, Sierra Arts Endowment, Craig Sheppard Memorial and Sierra Nevada Arts Foundation Grants. Recent solo exhibitions include The Yard: Columbus Circle in New York, Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, Rebecca Molayem Gallery in Los Angeles and Lansing Street Gallery in Mendocino.
His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, Connecticut), Pasargad Bank Museum (Tehran, Iran), Chateau d'Orquevaux (Champagne-Ardenne, France), Permanent Collection of the University of Nevada-Reno Art Department and is represented by Foundation Behram Bakhtiar in France, Ideel Art and Noon Powell Fine Art in London UK.
Statement: The Conference of the Birds series is a deeply personal response to the Sufi fable of the same name, written by Farideddin Attar, 12th century Persian mystic. Attar's verse focuses on a flock of birds who, in time of chaos and darkness, decide they need a King. Thus begins their quest for the Phoenix (Simorgh), and they embark upon an allegorical visit to seven valleys. After enduring increasing hardships, doubt and exhaustion set in and more and more birds give up the quest.
In a play on the Persian word Simorgh (Phoenix) they end their journey with Si-Morgh (thirty birds), in the end realizing that the Phoenix is nothing more than those birds themselves who persevered and endured the path through Self-sacrifice and
Materials & Techniques: Oil on Paper