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Etemad Gallery Omid Masoumi July 2014 Gravity 01
آنچه بندبازی را به نمایشی شگفت تبدیل کرده است کشاکش بندباز با طنابی است که تنها باریکه نوسان بین سقوط و پیشروی غرورآمیز اوست. چه بسا لغزشی کوچک بر این مسیر برای تسلیم هر دستاورد واپسینش به جاذبه زمین کافی باشد؛ در آن میانه اما تماشاگران نمایش، خوراکی از ترس و هیجان با چاشنی از امید به رستگاری بندباز مزه می کنند و با هر تلو، تلو خوردن او هیجان و نا امیدی را فریاد می کشند؛ فریادی که همچون حباب های سرگردان فضای اطراف بندباز را اشباع و به او یادآور می شوند که در تاریکی فضای اطراف، چشمانی در انتظار پایان این ره پرخطرند؛ خطری که فصل جدایی او و تمامی تماشاگرانیست که مزه کردن شاید، اما تاب  خطر کردن ندارند.
فردریش ویلهلم  شلینگ 1 در کتاب " جستجوی فلسفی بر گوهر آزادی انسان " 2 ، فیلسوفان نو اندیش را " بندباز " می نامد؛ توصیف بند(طناب) به فلسفه و یا باوری که فیلسوف نو اندیش همچون بندباز بر آن قدم می گذارد بسیار جذاب تر خواهد بود زمانی که بپذیریم نه تنها فیلسوفان نو اندیش که هریک از ما می تواند بندبازی بر بند باورش باشد که بر آن دست می آویزید. 
فارق ازهرجنسیت،پس ازبریده شدن بند ناف از رحم مادر، شاید بند بازی ما دراین جهان آغاز می شود وهمانگونه که "امید معصومی" به تصویر می کشد بر روی بندهای باورمان سرگیجه گرفته ایم، معلق وسرگردان شده ایم، به تاریکی کالبدی فرو رفته ایم، از روان یکدیگر گذر کرده ایم ، به اوج لذت در شهوت رسیده ایم، از فراز بلندترین چکاد و ژرفترین مغاک عبورکرده ایم،... برآنچه گذشت فرا پشت نگریسته ایم، لغزیده ایم، وداع و سقوط کرده ایم، بر آن آرمیده و در قالب انسان با آن یکی شده ایم.
(( انسان بندی است بسته میان حیوان و ابر انسان؛ بندی بر فراز مغاکی .
فرا رفتنی است پرخطر، در راه بودنی پرخطر، واپس نگریستنی پرخطر، لرزیدن و درنگی پرخطر )) 3
متین تقی اف /اردیبهشت ماه 93
1. Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
2.  Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom 
3.فردریش ویلهلم نیچه، چنین گفت زرتشت – ترجمه داریوش آشوری 
What makes a trapeze act an astonishing performance is the constant struggle of the trapeze artist and the rope, which is the only thing between the artist and his downfall or his prideful success. For the slightest slip on his way, might be enough for him to lose whatever he had previously achieved to the gravity. 
Meanwhile, the audience feed on the fear and excitement with a pinch of hope for the trapeze artist to 
succeed; and with every slip and slide they roar the excitement and the disappointment. A roar, which fills the space around the trapeze artist like stray bubbles, and remind him that in the darkness around him there are eyes anticipating the end of this perilous journey; a peril which differentiates him and the audience who might want to feed on danger, but will not take such risks themselves. 

In his book "Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom", Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph 
Schelling describes the modern thinking philosophers as "trapeze artists". The definition of the string (rope) 
in philosophy or the idea that the modern thinking philosopher steps on this rope as a trapeze artist, would 
be much more interesting if we accept that not only philosophers, but each of us can be trapeze artists on 
the string of our beliefs. Apart from gender, after the umbilical cord is severed, one might say that our 
trapeze act in this world begins; and just as in Omid Masoumi's portrayals we become dizzy on the strings 
of our beliefs, we are suspended and confused, we sink into the darkness of another body, we pass by each 
other’s spirits, we have reached the climax of lust, we have passed over the highest pinnacles and the 
deepest caverns We have looked back on what has past, we have slipped, we have said our goodbyes and 
we have fallen, we have rested on it and in the shape of a human become one with it. 

"Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman--a rope over an abyss. A dangerous 
crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting." 

Matin TaghiOf/ May 2014 

Omid Masoumi
 1984,Born in Tehran, Iran
B.A in Graphic Design from Sooreh university, Tehran, Iran
Solo Exhibition:
2013 “Clash” , Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2011 “Animal Fort” , Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009 “The Smell Of Joke” , Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Group Exhibitions:
2014 “Zoo”,Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2014 “Born In Tehran”,Laleh June Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2013 “Art For Peace”, Mohsen Gallery,  Tehran ,Iran
2012 Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2012 “Final Encore”,Azad Art Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2012 “Crucifixion”, Mohsen  Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2012 “Drawing As Means Of Drawing”, Arte Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2011 “13.18”,Etemad Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2010  Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2009  Carbon 12 Gallery, Dubai ,UAE
2008 Niavaran Art Creation Foundation , Tehran ,Iran
2008  Carbon 12 Gallery, Dubai ,UAE
2008  The brick lane  Gallery, London , England
2008 Laleh June Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2008 Group exhibition, Kuwait
2007 Art Space Galleries, London, England
2007 Art London, Iran Heritage foundation, London, England
2005 Mah Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2005 Tarahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2004 Laleh Gallery, Tehran, Iran

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