2.12.10

Understanding Campaign.






Recent works for use as completed photos include scale models of chains in the middle east.  I placed some graffiti on the back of a "Subway" with the Arabic word for "understanding", which is being used in the current "Understanding Campaign"

29.10.10

Painting of a Bedouin in Louis Vuitton*


A Bedouin Arab  originally painted by John Singer Sargent c. 1891. Repainted  in acrylic paint  in 2010 with Louis Vuitton inspired print.. 

26.8.10

Hamas on Horseback


Hamas on horseback. scale figure 1/6th. Part of the series of characters of the Middle East.

15.8.10

Camel Racing




These are two photographs that I captured in Reno Nevada. Aside from the obvious sense of the bizarre, there was a clear  sense of the surreal in terms of the context and the aesthetic.  

27.7.10

Banking on Scale Modeling




The first of a series based on my paintings, but in scale model form. I have always been fascinated by models, and scale, as well as brands and products. But that is obvious, is it not?


21.6.10

Hamas, Guns, and Nikes...





Two more figures from the collection. Featuring a young Hamas member, and old school PLO toy.

20.6.10

IDF Female Soldiers on Patrol










Did you know?  Operators of a number of erotic websites that feature IDF (Israeli Defense Force) related material report that 10% of their users arrive from countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority including Gaza. Some websites even go as far as offering services in Arabic.  This is a part of the series of characters of the theater of the middle east that I made. All of these dolls are 12 inches tall and will be printed life size.

18.6.10

Khatam Shoes



Shoes based on traditional Persian designs. I had them in the studio, but they just happened to be my size, and since they are functional, They now grace the streets of NYC.

14.6.10

Lamp From the East





I picked this up on one of my journeys. This is old, I estimate from the 40s. and had originally been a vase that had been "converted" into a lamp with two bulbs and room for a shade. Fast forward a few years, and I decided to reconstruct the lamp with a LED light source. and a adjustable arm constructed from aged piping.

11.6.10

Dossier Report, UAVs, and COCA Seattle.





More adventures in modeling, I can not resist making models... The show featuring some of the works in Khatam frames went up in Seattle yesterday at COCA, and I photographed them before they were stuffed in a box and sent via UPS Store which still seems to use a  apple MAC from 1989. This is located on 2nd ave and I believe 11th in case you want to see it for yourself.  A wonderful pictorial in Dossier Journal on some of my works....

17.5.10

Lets go shopping @ Chanel, Louis Vuitton



The first preview of a series of custom 12 inch dolls based on different characters within the Middle Eastern Theater.  Doll #1, just arrived home, and removed her shoes in the hallway before taking her bags upstairs. She had been busy shopping after getting her hair and nails done earlier in the morning. As a result of the humidity she had to schedule an appointment less than a week after her last visit to the salon, so she could have her hair blown out. The salon just received a beautiful shade of beige which was too much temptation, so she had her previous nail color taken off and had her nails and toes painted. The boutique phoned her as she was getting her feet pumiced and informed her about the new collection at Chanel. With intense excitement she  decided to pick up a slightly off creme blouse to wear later in that night for a dinner and dancing party at the house.Just next door, she caught a glimpse of Louis Vuitton's latest black heels with straps and a gold wedge. This would finish the outfit, and could not be missed.  

12 inch doll, custom chador, bags, and lit display case.

12.5.10

Shopping with AW, Hardees, Baskin Robins, Dunkin Donuts, Blimpie, and coming soon, the Body shop!

The latest piece in my shopping series is a study for a large scale painting. this is 20 by 8 inches.Many of these will be in the upcoming COCA show in June, including to larger versions of McDonalds, and Starbucks. It is worth to note that currently Saudi Arabia has the largest per capita amount of Western Chains in the Middle East. In Iran, where American chains are not permitted to conduct business, there were a series of fast food businesses that modified their name  and appearance in order to appear similar to the western counterpart.

7.5.10

M1 Abrams Tank and Humvee (scale model), Gold Leaf, Wood




Revisiting the series of iconified objects that I made  from scale model  cars, buses,and cities I decided to expand on this theme, with the next logical step- military vehicles. This is a M1 Abrams tank and a Humvee.I will eventually make life size versions of these and therefore consider these as studies, but at the moment my studio's dimensions preclude such endeavors.  


On a side note, I had a recent interview with WNYC's Benjamin Walker on my "shopping" series, as well as advertising spin on the paintings in BrandWeek.

27.4.10

Gold leaf Iraqi helmet and skull

After acquiring this helmet from the 1980s via the Iraqi army, it joined the series of icons that I have gold leafed. The Iran/Iraq war, often overlooked within the pages of history, was the first modern engagement of the late 20th century that most closely resembled the trench warfare of Europe that took place during WWI. Trenches, mines, gas, planes, and tanks slowly gaining territory, only to relinquish it.

12.4.10

China Town hammer and production video of my studio...

I made this (ok with the help of director and producer Rebecca Weber ) on behalf of a production company in a state that creates images for broadcast on a device that derives its name from the Greek word meaning "far sight", and the Latin word meaning "vision".  I present this video which features a tour of my studio, and the art work that was created for it. video

9.4.10

Un obélisque


I constructed this miniature (which is about 10 inches tall). A small representation of the beauty of the relic, the forgotten, and the once discarded.Obelisks were prominent in the architecture of the ancient Egyptians, who placed them in pairs at the entrance of temples. The word "obelisk" as used in English today is of Greek rather than Egyptian origin because Herodotus, the Greek traveller, was one of the first classical writers to describe the objects. Twenty-nine ancient Egyptian obelisks are known to have survived, plus the "Unfinished Obelisk" found partly hewn from its quarry at Aswan. These obelisks are now dispersed around the world, and less than half of them remain in Egypt.

5.4.10

Recent Blog articles

There has been a flurry of recent blogging, so I thought to post some links to Kim's NYC fashion blog Fashion Whirled featuring a article on, well me, as well as my recent trip to San Fran where I picked up these shoes from Sou Sou Tokyo and finally a book review at Sanaz' indispensable Persianesque 

13.3.10

Resin Soldiers




I originally cast these resin figures in 2004, but stashed them away as I didn't have a place for them in my studio. They are cast to be slightly dirty, and a tad mis-formed. I still do not have room for them, but they have been begging me to display them. so here they are on 5 by 5 by .5 inch plexi lightboxes powered by a LED light source.

13.2.10

Conflict/Interest @ Second Street Gallery











One blizzard, 8 hour drive, and a key that wouldn't remove itself from the ignition, and the opening was on. A intelligent, and dynamic showing. which was well worth the trip. Was wonderful to be in the company of Mona Hatoum, and EYAL DANIELI / NAOMI FALK / MONA HATOUM
TIM HETHERINGTON / RICHARD KRAFT /STEVEN RUBIN / MARY SCHEPISI / SUARA WELITOFF

10.1.10

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي





As a sign of his consolidation of power, Saddam's personality cult pervaded Iraqi society. Thousands of portraits, posters, statues and murals were erected in his honor all over Iraq. His face could be seen on the sides of office buildings, schools, airports, and shops, as well as on Iraqi currency. Saddam's personality cult reflected his efforts to appeal to the various elements in Iraqi society. In the tradition of such works, I have painted four 3.25 by 4.25 inch paintings of the Second Saladin, after his capture.