Emadi's Islamo-Erotic Paintings!
Web Narration: Ahreeman X
August 2, 2007
L. Max Emadi's Eyes
R. Max Emadi
As you know, IPC "Spotlight" is reserved for the best
that Iran has to offer. If you are the best in your field, then
you just may end up in the IPC spotlight. And the IPC Spotlight of the season is now on Max Emadi. Iranians are famous for "Dead
Worship", but let us make art an exception! We need to support
our valuable artists while they are alive! Let us show them our
appreciation. One of these fabulous artists is Max Emadi.
is an artist from Claremont, California. Max paints in many different
categories such as:
he does three major types of paintings:
Terrorists and Freedom Fighters
he also sculpts Ceramic Statues.
Marilyn Monroe in Islamic Hollywood!
Wind from the vent blows the chador away!
At age 14
(1979), Max and his family were emigrated from Iran to Southern
California. In Claremont High school, California, he studied art
and sculpting. Max (originally Makan) has a bachelor's (Cal Poly
Pomona) and a master's degrees (Cal State Long Beach) in Social
Work and has been working a long while as a certified Chemical
Dependency Counselor. Eventually Max had established himself as
career achievements in the Los Angeles County Department of Mental
Health and as a faculty at Mount San Antonio College, Max went
back to his passion and started practicing his art. He was successful
and managed to participate in a few group and individual art shows.
Since 2002, Max has been creating a series of small size ceramic
figures, which he refers to as the "Beautiful Monsters."
Started in 2004, Max painted a series of Islamo-Erotic veiled
women in the form of the Calendar Girls!
is about cultural controversy. Max himself is torn between two
cultures. His work is diverse yet meaningful. Max questions the
reality and fundamentals of politics, society and art! Max is
in search of the truth and cultural identity. Max puts forward
the questions, which many do not have the courage to put forward.
Max searches deep in to the psyche of his characters and in to
the society around them. Max's artistic approach is bold and appealing.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shaved and wearing a 3 piece suit!
Terrorists and Freedom Fighters Album
This is a western Anti Islamic sin, a controversy waiting to happen!
on Islamic Erotica
On the subject of Islamic Erotica, Max states:
of the female body is forbidden in strict Islamic tradition, and
is therefore taboo in today's Muslim cultures. To imagine Western
art without the nude is, in contrast, impossible. These paintings
revisit the Western tradition of pin-up art and its "celebration
" of the female form while "lovingly" objectifying
it through overexposure and unnatural posing of the model. The
Middle East's version of sexism, in contrast, takes the form of
control through mandated repressive female clothing, or "Hejab,"
in the name of protecting and honoring women.
have avoided referring to my heritage in my work until now. After
all, I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, not Iran, and
expressing "pride in cultural diversity" has been too
fashionable a movement for me. However, in recent years, as in
1979, when my family immigrated to the United States, I have been
confronted by my "otherness" on a more regular basis.
As the battles between fundamentalists on both sides of the globe
rage on, so do my bicultural conflicts.
my new series of paintings, "Islamic Erotica," I have
portrayed Muslim women in a style that references American pin-up
art, modern advertising, and photographs of tribal women in National
these seemingly contradictory traditions are combined, we can
envision an absurd future where the ever-expanding arm of globalization
and the growing influence of American-style democracy in the Middle
East will continue to manifest into stranger and more outlandish
on Beautiful Monsters
On the subject
of his ceramic sculptures "Beautiful Monsters", Max
hope is that each individual of my ceramic sculptures has an internal
aesthetic charm masked by a more glaring and obvious external
ugliness. In this way, I view them just like each of us humans;
or is the opposite true of most people?"
who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become
a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss also
gazes into you."
[Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844 - 1900), Beyond
Good and Evil]
Max Emadi's Art
Let us dig
deeper in Max Emadi's world of arts, shall we?
the concept is very interesting, yet the style is surrealistic
modern art and as a lover of classical sculpting, I see no value
in modern sculpting. I am a Michelangelo type o guy. I am not
crazy about Max's sculptures; however, if you are a fan of modern
sculpting and you do not mind getting nightmares by setting a
few of these statues on your bedstand, then by all means, purchase
a few and welcome to Max Emadi's Nightmare!
Max with scar
find Max's philosophical view on these statues, interesting. His
style maybe bizarre yet also interesting.
Emadi's Beautiful Monsters Ceramic Sculptures
If you are
in to Abstract Art, you may find these pieces appetizing, but
again, as a classical art lover, I dislike Abstract Art. It has
nothing to do with Max Emadi's work, but in general I do not value
Abstract and Modern Art, even Pablo Picasso!
I do not value
Cubism, Abstract and Surrealism. I love Classical Paintings and
Realism. I take Da Vinci paintings over Picasso hands down, any
day of the week! Nothing personal Max!
Emadi's Abstract Paintings
and Freedom Fighters
series are interesting art. Max has taken a new approach in the
world of Freedom Fighters and Terrorists, but then again, one's
freedom fighter is the other's terrorist! It is up to you to decide
who is the freedom fighter and who is the terrorist?!
Reza Shah Pahlavi
Terrorist? Freedom Fighter? Hero Worship?
In this series
Max has painted a number of different political characters including
G. W. Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Mohamad Reza Shah Pahlavi and Mahmoud
Emadi's Terrorists and Freedom Fighters Paintings
is basically Max's bread and butter! This series is his Neo Artistic
Statement to the world. I believe that in this series, Max had
outdone himself and truly explored and displayed his artistic
talent. In the past, this has been done in the form of cartoons,
yet it has never been done as art. This is more than a Calendar
Girl Series but it is something different, something new and something
Let us enjoy
Max Emadi's art while he is alive and before Ayatollahs put a
price on his head and release a Fatwa to behead him for
insulting Islam! Max, don't worry and don't go in hiding (like
Salman Rushdie), I am only kidding!
have to give credit for Max Emadi as a new artist who has something
to say. Artists are a dime a dozen and Persian artists grow on
trees! Most of them paint garbage, basically throw and splash
some paint on the canvas and call it art! Amazingly they also
manage to sell them for a few thousand dollars each!
Max is surely
a breath of fresh air in this jungle of Bang O Salavat Art!
For more information:
Emadi Gallery on Ariki Art
Art and Literature
Emadi, Persian Artist
Let us support
our valuable Persian artists. I strongly recommend for you to
visit Max Emadi's Gallery, collect some of his art and support
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