There is a lot to be said for today’s cutting-edge animation, but very rarely is humanist ideology so present between the frames and latent in high-resolution graphics as in the works of visionary digital artist Marjan Moghaddam. Moghaddam, who populates her lush digital imagery with potent humanist visuals, intersperses potent personal observations and philosophical observations throughout her works as well. Her animations encompass vivid hyper-realistic worlds of visual sensation while incorporating motifs that embolden, inspire and provoke onlookers.
In Moghaddam’s captivating video piece, David and Goliath Still Can’t Fight (1080p HD animated painting, single channel video/computer animation with music), viewers are served a decadent vision of neon colors deconstructing around an epic fight between a virtual David and Goliath. Swirling around their majestic battleground are apoplectic visions of disassembled worlds: abstract visions of the tension lying between the two figures. And the tension is there: striking and palpable as the two figures shift in scale yet cannot seem to physically assault one another. Philosophical tenets emerge from thin air, spanning the space between the two figures. Meditations on life, secular humanism, society, and capitalism span the areas between the actors’ slow spinning choreography. Fourteen minutes of mesmerizing technicolor movement foregrounded by a figure slowly catching fire certainly translates into fourteen of the most introspective and soul-searching minutes spent with art.
Moghaddam says of her work, “ ‘David & Goliath Still Can’t Fight’ is part of a collection of projects I have been creating since my David of Zuccotti Park, from the #OWS Art Exhibit of 2011 during the JP Morgan Building Occupation. The myth has acted as a virus of civilization and enduring meme culminating in Liberal Humanism and its subsequent triumph of the individual.” Moghaddam is a critical observer of this social triumph of the individual, noting that in her works she is boldly investigating how this myth feeds into our current sociopolitical climate. She notes, “…this same apex of individualism has increasingly deteriorated into a destructive cult of narcissism which is at the heart of much of the conflicts in our world today from income inequality to the destruction of the environment…I think we might need to define a new Collectivist Humanism at this point to survive, and I wanted to create a visual and artistic space to explore all of these nascent and emergent ideas with the aesthetics and technology that best captures our moment.”
Moghaddam’s many works combine her distinct figures with wondrously detailed abstraction, conceptual art and digital mastery. A satisfying cocktail of aesthetic pleasure and thought-provoking content, Moghaddam’s pieces create a lasting impression that linger long after leaving their presence. If skyrocketing numbers to her recent exhibit, demonstrations and talk at Panorama 2015: Modern Utopias at the Main Line Art Center (Haverford PA, near Philadelphia) are any indication, Moghaddam is capturing the imagination of art-going audiences of all ages.
Check out Marjan’s work David and Goliath Still Can’t Fight in closer detail here .