Numerous contemporary societies in the world are constantly faced with the perpetual state of cultural and political divides within their structure. The factuality of international conflicts, globalized communication and consequences of global economy influence the fabric of identity of those who live in such a social context. Today, the role of artists has become one of interpreting and explaining this complex state of affairs. The force which compels one to take on this role is only amplified when it comes to artists who have directly experienced the intercultural nature of today’s reality. This is one of the incentives which inspires the creative work of Farhad Moshiri…
The Work of Farhad Moshiri
In the 1980s, Farhad Moshiri finished his training at the California Institute of the Arts. He lives and creates in Tehran. The articulation of his creative process is achieved through the sources of inspiration he acquires in the popular Iranian and Western cultures. The subtlety of Moshiri’s artwork manifests itself through the discussion with conceptual art, comics, Pop Art, advertising as well as the dualism of “hi-brow and low-brow” references. It could be argued that characters and other elements of Moshiri’s creative world float in the constant search for defining their situation. These stances seem to reflect the antagonisms of contemporary societies such as the one in Iran. The pulsating influences of diverse cultural inputs intersecting with the discourses of Tehran, a cultural space Moshiri creates in, provide a source for the captivating art pieces, mirroring an intriguing postmodern atmosphere.
The concept of floating represents a methodological and aesthetic tool for Moshiri’s exploration of different media for artwork, but also a way of escaping the reality of today and finding refuge in a fantasy world. As it can be seen and felt in the “I Scream Float” art piece, Moshiri masterfully contrasts a set of ice creams with the pale background of black and white murder scene. Thus, the artist’s observation of reality is incorporated in the context of surroundings he had constructed himself. At other times, Moshiri delivers the message quite directly like in the “Travelers” art piece – depicting two lions and a humorous “If we had a credit card we could travel the world.” It is the contemplation on popular culture elements intertwined with the possibilities of abstraction that will be set in motion during the solo exhibition Float. In the period between September 4th and October 4th 2014, at the Galerie Perrotin, the public will be able to experience some of the concepts found on the edges of opposing notions of religious fundamentalism and modernity driven progress, articulated in inspiring artwork of Farhad Moshiri.