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Resume: MASOUD YASAMI


"How you cope with being caught between order and chaos is how you
arrive at your own unique signature as a human being" Yasami © 1990

SYMBOLS IN MY PAINTINGS:

CLOUDS: They have soft edges and provide a contrast to the harshness of pure geometry.
They float over my universe and are free to go everywhere. They can change color and direction.
WATER: It can be seen as pure movement. It is motherly, a symbol of life, a dynamic force!
SPHERES: They are tied down to the real world. The shapes of spheres are very polished,
very feminine. They obey Newton’s law.
CIRCLES: They symbolize perfection and femininity.
ROCKS: Irregular edges, harsh and chaotic, in contrast with clouds; they represent the pressures of the world!
GLASS: If glass breaks, the silence is broken. It is transparent and reflects light and vision from either side.
A rock in close proximity to glass creates conflict and a sense of danger.
BALANCING RODS: The artist is always walking a tight rope! Balancing rods represent a mental balance.
TRIANGLES: Euclidean shapes. Pure mathematics.
GRID: They are used to sandwich the different elements together. They signify containment, almost like prison bars.
The viewer cannot penetrate into deep space. They represent limits or barriers to our desires.
RECTANGLES: A rectangle can be to the painter what harmony is to a musician. It gives a balance that is soothing to the mind.
DIAGNOLS: Diagonals create deeper space and two-dimensional perspective. The focus is the converging point.


Education
MFA 1977 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
BFA 1974 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1971 University of California, Berkely, CA
Teaching
1985 - 1986 Visiting Distinguished Associate Professor of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1980 - 1983 Assistant Professor of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1978 - 1979 Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, University of Utah, Salt Lake City,UT

"Philosophically, I have absorbed and interpreted the duality of chaos
and control using illusionistic concepts that are merged with reality."

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