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Ala Ebtekar's works on display at the Migrating Identities exhibition in San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area artist, Ala Ebtekar, will be included in the Migrating Identities exhibition opening on June 28, 2013 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.

Tunnel in the Sky series
collage: 24 1/4" x 19" in. - 2012

The artist will have approximately 18 pieces for the show including a selection of cut manuscript pages, collage and two mural sized paintings. The works bring together divergent places and times, in a hypothetical confluence of ancient traditions and the imagined future. Inspired by the delicacy and intricacy found in Persian manuscript illuminations and Islamic architecture, the artist employs the image and metaphor of the portal, the gateway into the next, or the future. The works are filtered and serene, resulting in a purified air of minimal forms.

Untitled (Manuscript 3)
Manuscript page: 7 1/2” x 11”, Fr. 14 1/2” x 17 1/4” -2012

The large paintings overlay figures from the past with contemporary silhouettes, creating a tracery of layers, a matrix through which one might open onto a new reality.

The show is on view from June 28, 2013 - September 29, 2013

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103-3138

Click here to learn more about Migrating Identities


Untitled (Manuscript 11)
Manuscript page: 7 1/2” x 11”, Fr. 14 1/2” x 17 1/4” -2012

Untitled (Manuscript 2)
Manuscript page: 7 1/2” x 11”, Fr. 14 1/2” x 17 1/4” -2012

Tunnel in the Sky series (3)
collage: 24 1/4" x 19" in. - 2012

Untitled (Manuscript 9)
Manuscript page: 7 1/2” x 11”, Fr. 14 1/2” x 17 1/4” -2012

study for one of the large paintings in the show


Biography: Ala Ebtekar was born to Iranian parents in 1978 in Berkeley and was raised in both the United States with frequent visits to Teheran. As a young teenager he joined the K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), working with artist Tim Rollins on collaborative artworks involving groups of urban youth. Forging multi-faceted projects, which meld Persian mythology, science, philosophy and pop culture together, his work returns viewers to the past as a way of envisioning the future. Currently a visiting professor at Stanford University, Ebtekar encourages his students to explore the potential in the relationship between art and science fiction. Ebtekar received his BA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2002) and his MFA from Stanford University (2006). He was a 2005 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Murphy & Cadogan Fellowships in the Arts Award. His work has been exhibited internationally, including One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, a touring exhibition originating at the Asia Society, NYC (2006), and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art (2006). His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco (2007 and 2012) and The Third Line Galley, Dubai (2012). Ebtekar was featured in Bay Area Now 5 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2008).
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Additional news:
Ala Ebtekar's work is currently in Proximities 1: What Time Is It There? at the Asian Art Museum on view May 24-July 21.  Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

Drawing II iBook by Ala Ebtekar has been released in June 2013.   This book is a visual diary of the Drawing II class taught by the artist for the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University in Spring 2012.  Click here to learn more about the iBook.

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