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Yari Ostovany, The Third Script No.9

Yari Ostovany The Third Script No.9, 2009

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Yari Ostovany, The Third Script No.9
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    Londres - United Kingdom

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    24 x 18.1 inch

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    Informed by a variety of different cultures, Ostovany feels a connection to multiple separate and yet complementary mystical traditions.

    He looks toward elements of Western and Eastern art, literature, spirituality, poetry and music to create an environment and a mindset conducive to his process, which is connected to Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting.

    The inspiration and the point of departure for the series "The Third Script" is the rapturous encounter between Rumi (13th century Persian Sufi mystic and poet) and the dervish Shams of Tabriz in November 1244. For Rumi, this was an event that shook up his life and set his soul on fire and it was indeed Shams that freed the molten lava of poetry within him. It was a mystical union and Rumi and Shams immediately recognized each other as soulmates and companions on the spiritual path. They found in each other the indescribable third script, which cannot be understood by mind but only known as its presence is felt.

    "The writing comes in three scripts. One that he alone can read. One that he and others can read. And one that neither he nor anyone else can read. I am that third script."

    - Shams-e-Tabrizi, 13th Century Persian Sage.

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Yari Ostovany

Born in: 1962

United States

Yari Ostovany is an American abstract artist of Iranian origins. He has lived in Tehran, Cologne, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in Reno. He is currently based in New York City. He started his artistic studies at the age of 14. At first he was attracted by modern Persian poetry, and then by visual arts. He obtained a Masters Degree in fine arts at the Institute of Art of San Francisco in 1995, a Barchelors degree in fine arts and painting from the same institution and a Barchelors degree in art from the University of Nevada in Reno. He has received numerous awards and grants, including the Sierra Arts Endowment Grant, and has taught at the University of Nevada.

Ostovany is attracted to the alchemical transformation of elements such as light, color, texture and space into compositions which are more than the addition of their disparate parts. Enlightened by a variety of cultures, Ostovany feels close to multiple different but complementary mystic traditions. He uses elements of Western and Eastern art, literature, spirituality, poetry, and music to create an environment and a state of mind suitable for his process, which is linked to abtract expressionism and to colorfield painting.

He creates color field paintings that are richly textured with multiple layers which explore the process of metamorphosis. The paintings that Ostovany creates reveal themselves over time, evolving as layers of pigment are added, washed, covered, scraped, dissolved . At each new phase of the process, the composition becomes deeper and brighter. The ephemeral nature of the layers gets embedded in the visual language of the piece, evoking a sense of movement and of transcendence.

"My work is based on a process of improvisation, straddling the nebulous domain between the mystic and the mysterious which for me is spiritual. I am interested in the point at which the unconscious, the personal and the social meet, and in the energies that arise from the interaction of main contradictory forces- inner and exterior forces- on the surface of the painting."

Yari Ostovany has exhibited his work in numerous solo exhibitions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Iran, Tajikistan, Italy and Germany. Ostovany's pieces are also part of numerous private collections all around the world, as well as collections at the New Britain Museum and at the American art of Connecticut.

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