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Tehran's Winter Art Report: Mohammad-Hossein Emad

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Recently, we stopped by at the Morteza Momayez Gallery at the Artists' Forum House (Khaneh Honarmandan) and visited my friend Ms Azita Sharaf-Jahan the head of the gallery. We were very impressed with the wooden installations and sculptures of Mohammad-Hossein Emad. I found his work original and very moving.

We did not have much time to talk to the artist when we visited the gallery as Mr Emad had a friend visiting him and we had guests arriving at home. But I was able to get his number in order to talk to him. I learnt that he was the winner of Iran's 4th Biennial Sculpture award and he is a board member of the Iranian sculptural society.

In reply to my question as to why he uses wood and metal, he told me that the differences between the two materials allow him to emphasize the discrepancies. At the same time the use of two different entities brings and results in leniency and the art of conciliation and appeasement. Metal is hard and it has to be softened up a bit in order to take the shape one intends to have in order to accompany wood in the final work.

His works have been well received here and some of them are installed in public places. He told me that he started painting as a child and then some 20 years ago he moved into sculpting and devoted himself to it. During this long period he has worked with all types of materials.

Emad has sculpted a statue of Professor Hessabi in Tajrish Square, a bronze Vazir statue 1.60m high at Goftogoo Park and the Martyr Beheshiti Memorial at Beheshti Square near Beheshti University. He told me that through art we can find a great way of expressing our daily problems. For him the difference and use of wood and metal in his work are like combining tradition (wood) and modernity (metal). I do hope you enjoy the works.

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