$99 Butterfly Paintings (2015 – 2017)

2017

“My duty to be tolerant towards the other effectively means that I should not get too close to him or her, not intrude into his space—in short, that I should respect his intolerance towards my over-proximity.”

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, inkjet giclee prints, canvas

“What is really hard for us (at least in the West) to accept is that we are reduced to the role of a passive observer who sits and watches what our fate will be. To avoid this impotence, we engage in frantic, obsessive activities.”

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, inkjet giclee prints, canvas

“There is an old story about a worker suspected of stealing: every evening, as he leaves the factory, the wheelbarrow he rolls in front of him is carefully inspected. The guards can find nothing. It is always empty. Finally, the penny drops: what the worker is stealing are the wheelbarrows themselves…”

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, inkjet giclee prints, canvas

“Does everything that exists have to be grounded in sufficient reasons? Or are there things that somehow happen out of nowhere?”

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, inkjet giclee prints, canvas

“The problem is not corruption or greed, the problem is the system that pushes you to be corrupt.” (2017) 

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, inkjet giclee prints, canvas

“What is the Absolute? Something that appears to us in fleeting experiences–say, through the gentle smile of a beautiful woman, or even through the warm caring smile of a person who may otherwise seem ugly and rude. In such miraculous but extremely fragile moments, another dimension transpires through our reality. As such, the Absolute is easily corroded;it slips all too easily through our fingers and must be handled as carefully as a butterfly.” (2017) 

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, inkjet giclee prints, canvas

“Because the horror of Communism, Stalinism, is not that bad people do bad things — they always do. It’s that good people do horrible things thinking they are doing something great.”  (2017) 

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, inkjet giclee prints, canvas

2016

There is a wonderful expression in Persian, war nam nihadan, which means “to murder somebody, bury his body, then grow flowers over the body to conceal it”.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“It is more satisfying to sacrifice oneself for the poor victim than to enable the other to overcome their victim status and perhaps become even more successful than ourselves.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“The threat today is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the urge to “be active”, to “participate”, to mask the Nothingness of what goes on.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Happiness is for opportunists. So I think that the only life of deep satisfaction is a life of eternal struggle, especially struggle with oneself.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“It’s not the same thing: coffee without cream or coffee without milk.
What you don’t get is part of the identity of what you get.” 
(2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“If you are not bored, you just stupidly enjoy the situation in which you are.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“We’re not dreamers. We’re awaking from a dream turning into a nightmare. We’re not destroying anything. We’re watching the system destroy itself.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Ultimately, we hear things because we cannot see everything.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“We live in weird times in which we are compelled to behave as if we are free, so that the unsayable is not our freedom but the very fact of our servitude.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“I think that the task of philosophy is not to provide answers, but to show how the way we perceive a problem can be itself part of a problem.” (2016) 

12″x12″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by non-believers, why should they envy them? ”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“A friend is someone I can betray with love.”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“True universalists are not those who preach global tolerance of differences and all-encompassing unity, but those who engage in a passionate struggle for the assertion of the Truth which compels them.”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Like love, ideology is blind, even if people caught up in it are not.”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims, but also – even more, perhaps – the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims.” (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“See you either in hell or in communism.” (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Human Reason cannot be reduced to the result of evolutionary adaptation; art is not just a heightened procedure of providing sensual pleasures, but a medium of Truth.” (2016)

20″x16″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“It is the ultimate irony of history that radical individualism serves as the ideological justification of the unconstrained power of what the large majority of individuals experience as a vast anonymous power, which, without any democratic public control, regulates their lives.” (2016)

20″x16″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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The experience that we have of our lives from within, the story we tell ourselves about ourselves in order to account for what we are doing, is fundamentally a lie – the truth lies outside, in what we do.” (2016)

20″x16″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“I like to search for class struggle in strange domains. For example it is clear that in classical Hollywood, the couple of vampires and zombies designates class struggle. Vampires are rich, they live among us. Zombies are the poor, living dead, ugly, stupid, attacking from outside. And it’s the same with cats and dogs. Cats are lazy, evil, exploitative, dogs are faithful, they work hard, so if I were to be in government, I would tax having a cat, tax it really heavy.” (2015)

24″x36″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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 “I do all my work to escape myself. I don’t believe in looking into yourself. If you do this, you just discover a lot of shit. I think what we should do is throw ourselves out of ourselves. The truth is not deep in ourselves. The truth is outside.” (2015)

16″x20″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“What makes us happy is not to get what we want. But to dream about it.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Q- What makes you depressed? A- Seeing stupid people happy.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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 “The one measure of true love is: you can insult the other.” (2015)

20″x16″,oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Words are never ‘only words’; they matter because they define the contours of what we can do.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“An enemy is someone whose story you have not heard.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“If you have reasons to love someone, you don’t love them.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Love feels like a great misfortune, a monstrous parasite, a permanent state of emergency that ruins all small pleasures.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“For the multiculturalist, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are prohibited, Italians and Irish get a little respect, blacks are good, Native Americans are even better. The further away we go, the more they deserve respect. This is a kind of inverted, patronizing respect that puts everyone at a distance.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Beyond the fiction of reality, there is the reality of the fiction.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Our biological body itself is a form of hardware that needs re-programming through tantra like a new spiritual software which can release or unblock its potential.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“When I really love someone, I can only show it by making aggressive and bad-taste remarks.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“The Robin Blesses The Bull.” (2015)

30″x40″, oil, canvas.

 

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