Siavash Momeny’s highly anticipated exhibition, Gone Fishin’, opened on Tuesday the 27th of November 2018 at ARTIS Gallery.
Originally from Iran, Momeny’s paintings depict everyday objects wrapped in newspaper. Though their surface is masked, the objects are clearly recognisable. An empty chair says more about absence than anything else. It is an object created for a purpose that it cannot fulfil until a body is sitting on it. As an object it can do little more. The body can feel this tension of purpose just as simply. The body is capable of changing courses however, of taking leave from purpose, of turning a corner and going another direction.
In this latest collection of works, Momeny turns his focus toward taking leave and changing courses; with a light sense of optimism he launches into the vague and unknown. He invites the viewer to not only consider the absence of purpose but to walk towards it.
All of the works in the exhibition are painted with acrylic on canvas, some with muted backgrounds and others with striking silhouettes. Newspaper headlines and script are clearly visible, portraying the artist’s skill in capturing exacting detail.