April 12 through May 14, 2014
At Tara Gallery
Located at 1202 Montana Ave., Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Los Angeles, CA –March 17, 2014 – Tara Gallery is proud to featureNature in Abstraction, a rare and notable exhibition of contemporary paintings by Mostafa Dashti, a prominent Iranian artist who lives and works in Iran. His exceptional landscapes will be featured in the States for the first time thanks to the charitable efforts of the Tara Gallery located in Santa Monica and dedicated to importing and cultivating art from Iran.
The exhibition will run from April 12 through May 14, 2014 at Tara Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. There are many other exceptional pieces in this exhibition, which reflect the texture of the artist's homeland as he perceives it. While Dashti himself is unable to visit the U.S, his work resonates on a global scale attracting audiences from all over the world, including legendary German artist, Karl Schlamminger:
“There is something magic about Mostafa Dashti's work. It is as if he had dashed fragments of dreams onto the canvas: Fragmented moments of despair. Tumbling backwards into tsunamis, tornados or glowing streams of lava he loses himself in the spiral nebulae. Dashti grabs his motifs from these tempests and tosses them as after-images into the paintings. They are not imitations but real. They are a photographic blink of the eye. What we see are seascapes and cloudscapes, ripped open horizons, faint and dramatic, distant and close fogs, as if it only could be like this. These paintings seem to be cameraless photographs processed in Dashti's head: developed, washed and fixed in the bath of time.”
About TARA GALLERY
Sponsored by the American Foundation of Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA), Tara Gallery is a charitable art gallery with focus on contemporary Iranian art. It is located at 1202 Montana Avenue, Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403; phone: 310.489.2417; hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mondays by appointment.For more information on the exhibit call 310.489.2417 or visit www.taragallery.org. All pieces are available for purchase and proceeds will benefit AFCIA, a 501(c) (3) organization. A portion of all purchases are tax deductible.
About HOMA TARAJI
Homa Taraji is the director of Tara Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Monica, primarily representing Iranian art.She has been a curator of contemporary Iranian art in the United States since 2002 and has organized several successful exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Boston. She has established working relationships with art galleries, collectors, and a broad range of artists whose work she represents in the U.S. Taraji is co-founder and president of the American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA) (www.afcia.org), a non-profit organization for promotion of contemporary Iranian art in the U.S.In parallel with arts, Taraji is a senior engineer at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, where she develops and manages domestic and international customers for space systems technology.
Prior to Aerospace, Taraji was the Manager of Information Systems at the Getty Museum. Before that, she held the position of IT Senior Manager at Ernst & Young Management Consulting. She was with General Electric Information Services as a project manager of financial applications in New York and Los Angeles. She started her career as a software engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena working on Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn. Homa Taraji holds a B.S. degree in Physics and an M.S. in Electronics from Tehran University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. She has been the recipient of NASA Group Achievement Award, Goddard Trophy, Milstar Recognition Award, and GE technical awards.