BeelZan: Contemporary Art of New Relationships
I sign my paintings "BeelZan" which in Farsi means a laborer, a farmer; one who carries a shovel; who digs. Considering myself a laborer and art the expression of pleasure in artistic labor, I sign my paintings 'BeelZan'.
The meaning of art for me lies in my belief that what has become "normal" in our society are unrealistic images; that the "normal" lives by and through images a fantastic and selfish reality. These images have become ideals by which we are living by and through. Powerful social/political/cultural and economic forces will do anything to preserve these particular mythologies denying ordinary people's reality. The "non-conventional" refuses to live these false offerings. To refuse to live by these false offerings is an act of self-determination.
The artist lives both simultaneously. Art is an effort, an experiment, and experience, in bridging between the two. It is sanity in an increasingly insane society. Within this tenuous dialectic and the dialectic of the appearance of reality and reality, my paintings protest resignation, complacency, and machination of our psyche.
Art, for me, is a form of expression with the potency, as Schiller observed, to make us moral by first making us aesthetic, and thus heal us.
My brush strokes aim at, as the late historian and social activist Howard Zinn put it, transcending the madness of the world. Contemplating Guernica, Picasso held that painting is not done to decorate apartments; it is an instrument of war. Those who hail normalcy, corporatize it and claim to carry its mantle, are the ones who are engaged in genocides, econocide (economic genocide) and ecological destruction in intensity, scale and magnitude not known in human history. The human mind in its "normal" state of mind has become the most destructive weapon ever made.
All relationships are made into "things" and it is becoming apparent that not only another world is possible but necessary. A world which will give birth to New Relationships: with nature, between men and women, between men, women, and God; a new economy, a new technology; new ethics; new relationship to science, to knowledge; and a new relationship to state boundaries, race, and class.
By challenging the boundaries of our conventional aesthetic-visual perceptions, an artist becomes a midwife giving birth to new relationships, the tools being brush and paint and the paintings the vision.
My painting is a metaphorical Statement; it is Statement Art, which generates energy and creative anxiety. My approach facing the canvas is intense, intuitive and universally autobiographical. I try to explore the depth of our psyche, artistically, tapping on our existence through anxiety, tenderness, and empathy.