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We know Masoud Akhavan as the collector of modern and contemporary art in Iran. He began buying artworks since three years ago but he could build a great collection which made his name familiar to Tehran art scene. Akhavan is fond of Bronze sculptures; during his search for buying such works he couldn’t find what he was really after and that motivated him to create his own series “The Rise”. The series consists of Bronze sculptures that in spite of the simplicity try to translate subjectivity into a visual form. 

He started working with ceramic when he was fifteen during his residence in Germany. He slowly tended toward Industrial design and followed designing practical objects for home and kitchen as his career during the past seventeen years. Working in this field helped him get familiar with metals and materials and collecting artworks strengthened his taste in art. 

“The Rise” is the result of not finding what he was looking for. The abstract forms in Akhavan’s works represent the fast and abrupt actions; a creature rising from where it was sited; a hand moving in the air; a man trying to smooth his back and etc. “I liked to visualize the hope for ascension.” He says. What he is longing for is to depart from the passivity and gait towards a new situation but in his way he creates different situations. Here this sudden move wraps around itself and there traversing a circular way finally decides to descend, in some it looks like a human staying behind its veil. Although “The Rise” is trying to picture ascension but it also pictures the struggle and try and errors within. The struggle is to get over passivity but the result is sometimes unfavorable. Yet what is being glorified is the “struggle” itself. The abstract forms in Akhavan’s series benefit from a shining, golden and glossy material could be interpreted as monuments in praise of “Effort”; and the effort -even in vain- is more valuable than passivity. 

Ali Ettehad

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