Select Art Fair, May 9-11,
135 W18th Street
VIP Preview May 8, th
Public reception May 9 , 7-10pm
Cutlog May 9-11, The Clemente 107 Suffolk Street.
Press Preview May 7 11-5, Public reception May 8, 6-9pm
New media artist and animator Marjan Moghaddam will be showing several new animations during Frieze Art Fair Week in New York City, two animations at Select Art Fair, as part of the Starry Night Exposure program, and one at the Separation Anxiety Installation at Cutlog Art Fair curated by IFAC/Wallplay. Ms. Moghaddam’s high fidelity, visually stunning and cinematic animations employ Motion Capture of dance and martial arts applied to her signature style 3d characters, which are then staged in elaborate painted scenes and graphic compositions. Blending poetry with social media style text, her projects incorporate written and pictorial narratives. At Select Art Fair, she will be showing “David & Goliath Still Can’t Fight”, a mesmerizing and thought-provoking discourse on the nature of political revolutions, citing Marx and Picketty alongside computer theory, while exploring the myth as a virus of civilization. In the visually seductive “Venus and Her Muses”, she envisions a Venus and her harem of hot muses with a sexting session, in a feminist re- appropriation that loosely references various Mannerist classical groupings of muses. At Cutlog, she will be showing “Sometimes Up, Sometimes Down”, a metaphysical discourse on the premise of collapse and recovery, built around a knockout punch.
Ms. Moghaddam is primarily engaged in rethinking form for painting in the post millennial era, in a manner that reflects our hybrid digital and physical life. Working with still and animated projects that she describes as digital paintings, she defines a pictorial space that is cinematic, 3-dimensional and graphic, with text and special effects. In contrast to the over-commercialization of new media, her works insist on a deeper dialog in which global, personal, political, technological, and philosophical dimensions interact poetically and powerfully in sublime narratives.
Ms. Moghadam is an Iranian born, American artist who works primarily with computer-based technologies; she lives and works in Brooklyn. Her pioneering and award-winning works have been exhibited widely, funded by organizations such as Brooklyn Arts Council/NY Department of Cultural Affairs and the Rockefeller Fund. Her works have additionally been exhibited in international festivals and curated programs of the Armory Show and Art Basel Miami. She was selected for the prestigious Siggraph Computer Animation Festival and Computer Art Gallery a total of 5 times, including the “Siggraph 30 Years of Computer Art Gallery” and was the featured artist for the launching of Dotcom Gallery and International Forum for the Digital Arts, the first internet fine art gallery in 1996.