FARHAD AHRARNIA AT THE MARAYA ART CENTRE, SHARJAH
THE BEGINNING OF THINKING IS GEOMETRIC
17 JULY - 30 SEPTEMBER 2013
MARAYA ART CENTRE, SHARJAH
above (left to right): Farhad Ahrania, 'Ceremony of Us, After Malevich' 2009, 64cm x 65cm and 'Leaning into Ritual, After Malevich' 2009, 67cm x 71cm, both inlaid Khatam and industrial paint on wood panel
Curated by Sara Raza
Sarah Al Abdali, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Sarah AbuAbdallah, Farhad Ahrarnia, Zeigam Azizov, Faycal Baghriche, Ala Ebtekar, Basmah Felemban, Fatima Al Qadiri & Alex Gvojic, Mobius Design Studio & Faysal Tabbarah, Hayv Kahraman, Nasir Nasrallah and Jamal Tayara-Baroudy.
The Beginning of Thinking is Geometric is an experimental group exhibition that explores the use of geometry as a thinking science concerned with origins and meaning within the work of a diverse group of contemporary artists and designers.
Drawing from both Western and Islamic philosophy and theory the exhibition investigates the shift from pragmatic sciences towards artistic inquiries into the use of geometry as a means of articulating logic and mapping space and time.
Deployed through a wide spectrum of visual art mediums that range from drawing, installation, informal architecture, computer animation, video, text, functional design and sculpture, the exhibition reflects on historical truths located within geometry.
In particular, geometry is applied and reworked within this exhibition both artistically and curatorially in order to measure new visual cultural vocabularies that work with and against harmony, tradition and contemporaneity in pursuit of truth and meaning.
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