Thomas Solomon Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist ROSHA YAGHMAI. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The show will open at Thomas Solomon Gallery with a reception for the artist on Saturday June 18th, 6 – 8 PM at 427 Bernard Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles.
In her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Rosha Yaghmai will present a collection of works that explore memory as an act of both creation and imagination. Working with ephemera, found images and found objects, the artist’s process initiates a narrative around events, social and historical, and the construction of identity. Her practice is informed by Romanticism and the Baroque, as well as the veracity of “truth” in memory, but directly addresses the relationship of sculpture to time and experience, and the body. In a manner suggestive of archaeological investigation, the artist engages in a series of actions the result of which is the physical embodiment of experience. Moving further away, in space and time, from an event or object is the platform for human memory; unspoken memories and lost initiate many of the works. Within this creative scheme she begins to interlock imagination and creation along an as yet unknown continuum of personal, social and political history. Playing with the fantasy inherent in collective and subjective memories, the artist returns our attention to continuous experience, the interaction of live creature (viewer) and material environment (art).
Her sculpture Love Forever recalls the ecstatic fantasy of Yayoi Kusama, but pulls the viewer instead into a silent confrontation with the body. Melodrama and “romantic suffering,” far from exclusively emotional territory, are made physical in a single crystallized instant. The dichotomy of physical memory and creative memory is realized in the physicality of empathy. The artist pinpoints our consistent, collective yearning for something out of reach, and demonstrates that reality, sometimes, “just can’t compete.” Visual pleasure, inherent in looking, ripens, allowing the viewer to revel, or wallow really, in a moment, once and never real.
Rosha Yaghmai was born in Los Angeles. She was educated at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (MFA 2007, BFA 2001). A forthcoming solo exhibition will be on view this summer at TAT, Berlin. Recent group exhibitions have included Terra Foundation for American Art, Giverny, France (2009); Glue, Paper, Scissors, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); and ET IN ARCADIA EGO, Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico, curated by Kris Kuramitsu (2008). A 2009 recipient of a Terra Foundation for American Art Europe summer residency fellowship, Yaghmai lives and works in Los Angeles, California.