Artist: Soroush Moghim
Exhibition: Geometry of Grief
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Soroush Moghim was born in Iran and lived there until he was 10 years old before moving to the United States. He is graduating next semester from the School of Art with a BFA in sculpture. When he left Iran to come to America, he found inspiration all around him. He had to learn the different cultures that surround the United States. He noticed that some industries water-downed art, and began looking at more high craft intricate art. He learned that nothing in life is really perfect, there is no such thing as perfect, so he decided to embrace imperfection and all that comes with it. His art points at the sublime.
Persians have a lot of geometry within Islamic art and the geometry that is met with some of his Islamic cultures is to evoke a sense of transcendence to something higher though the excellent design of Islamic art. However, they do acknowledge the fact that it is never truly as excellent as God. His pattern is a little different though because, in his life, he has experienced a good amount of grief since the passing of his mom. Through his sculpture and patterns, he has been able to work through his grief and has had time to reflect and think about it.
The woman portrait that is hanging in the glass frame was actually sewn by his mom and he has it framed in glass and hanging in the middle of space so people can view both sides of it. The “perfect” and imperfect side. This is a piece him and his mom made with him creating the frame. It was also a way he could display her memory. The glass violin was also a way he could still keep her memory alive. The violin is made out of crystal clear and the shadow of violin, as the violin turns the shadow is showing the void that allows us to see the object there as memorizing and also seeing the void of it and his mother in his life. It’s like, at times he can feel his mother there with him, but still feels that void. The violin symbolizes that and the violin is also an instrument that has a similar sound as the wailing of human grief and sorrow. There was also instrumental nature music playing throughout the space. The music was made by his friend to help create the experience how he wants, for people to feel grief in there also. To have the violin take you out of the moment and also your body.
Walking in, I instantly saw the big projected screen of the name of the exhibit. I was very curious about the name, “Geometry of Grief.” I always knew geometry as math and so the naming of the exhibit interested me in a weird way, I wanted to learn more. I began walking through and noticed the painting hanging from the ceiling, I began walking around it wondering why the artist had placed the painting that certain way. I walked even more in and saw the way he displayed the crystal clear violin, just like the painting. The time though, he was placed in front of a projector screen and you can see the shadow of it on that colorful. It was mesmerizing.