Artist: Soroush T. Moghim
Exhibition: Geometry of Grief
Media: Urethane casting resin, light projection, sound projection, weaving, painting, bronze sculpting, embroidery, plexiglass
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Soroush Moghim is a fourth year undergraduate student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. He will be graduating in the fall with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. Soroush is originally from Iran, where he was born and raised. He also has a keen interest in intricate art and patterns because he has a deep appreciation for the intimate and detailed nature that is associated with them. Interestingly, Soroush often indulges in his artistic interests because he works in a rug store and is constantly surrounded by various patterns and designs.
Upon entering the darkened gallery, the most noticeable aspect of the exhibition is the bright colors being projected. In the back of the gallery is a crystal clear, intricately detailed violin made from urethane casting resin hanging from the ceiling. A variety of bright lights are projected toward the hanging violin, not only displaying the colorful array of colors in the background, but also casting a large shadow outline of the violin itself. In addition to the lights, music is being projected from a trio of small speakers.
When describing his work, Soroush stated that his art is heavily influenced by the Islamic culture. He added that in the Islamic culture, patterns and geometry represent perfection created by God. However, although the exhibition evokes subliminal feelings and a sense of peace, it is, essentially, a tribute to his mother, who recently passed away. He stated that he used geometrical figures as an outlet for him to express his grief. This is most notable in his hanging violin piece. He stated that the violin itself represents his mother, and the colorful, nature filled projection in the background represents a peaceful transition into the afterlife. But it is the long shadow that is being cast that has the most touching meaning. The shadow represents the void and empty feeling that Soroush is left with after his mother’s passing. Despite his mother finally being at peace, Soroush must deal with the pain of losing a piece of himself in his mother’s passing.
When I was initially observing the exhibition, I felt a sense of peace and harmony. I was very relaxed and I began to understand how some art can evoke subliminal feelings. I was especially fixated on the hanging violin piece. For me, the combination of the dark gallery, the peaceful music, the beautiful, hanging violin, and the array of colors in the background created a very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. After learning the true meaning behind the art work, I came to have a much deeper respect and appreciation for the hanging violin piece, particularly because of the close relationship that I have with my own mother. I simply could not imagine losing her. Soroush Moghim’s exhibition, Geometry in Grief, is a very beautiful and touching tribute that definitely would have made his mother proud. I really enjoyed this exhibition and the meaning behind all the pieces. My sincere condolences to Soroush and his family.