Artist’s Statement: Ala Ebtekar on Coming of Age in Iran, and Finding His …

It was Renoir who said that a work of art “must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, and carry you away.” Interviews with artists should have a similar effect. With “Artist’s Statement,” our weekly interview series with prominent and upcoming visual artists in San Francisco, SF Weekly speaks to the people behind the art you see in the galleries, in the museums, and in the streets.

phpI21ba1PM.jpgCourtesy of Ala EbtekarThe Shape of Things to Come The summer of 2013 is the summer of Ala Ebtekar. The Oakland artist is featured in two major San Francisco exhibits: The Asian Art Museum’s “Proximities 1: What Time Is It There?” (through July 21); and YBCA’s “Migrating Identities” (June 28-September 29). Ebtekar makes art that spans his interests in Persian history and modern America. Raised mostly in

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