Zanbeel Art is Proud to Participate in Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative 2014.
Program includes Educational Workshops for the LA Inner City Schools & an Exhibition
In Search of the Dot that Created the Circle: Geometry In Nature
Keith Critchlow. Paul Marchant.
Emma Clark in association with Petherick, Urquhart & Hunt.
Parveen Zuberi. Lisa DeLong.
Shafon Miah. Kayo Kimura.
Adam Williamson. Sama Mara & Lee Westwood.
Natasha Mann. Leila Dear.
Curated by Amina Ahmed & Santiago Navila
Opening Reception: November 1st 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm
Conversation with the Curators: 5 pm
9007 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Transcendent and Transformative Nature of Art into Geometry; How is Nature Transformed into Art through Geometry in the Islamic Tradition?
The exhibition will explore this question through the practice of both teachers and alumni of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA). We will collectively journey through this universal tradition and see how it has been revived and continues in practice. To understand Islamic art, it is necessary to understand the archetypal order of nature which informs our perspectives and grants insight into that which is visible and that which is invisible. From these archetypes, we learn to navigate our way through the obscured but not unattainably hidden aspects of that which is either implicitly or explicitly rendered. Together with their students from both East and West, the exhibition includes the work of master geometricians, Dr. Keith Critchlow and Paul Marchant, whose examples in particular trace the dynamic manifestation of geometry in Islamic art. They demonstrate the timeless and universal aspects of a discipline that is both profoundly symbolic and is the essential underlying principle that permeates all living things.
“You are One prior to all computation and ground to all figuration” Ibn Gabirol, 11th _ Century poet of Islamic Spain
Professor Keith Critchlow is a painter and architectural designer and teacher; he founded Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts (VITA) in 1984 which moved from the Royal College of Art (RCA),to the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA). Prof. Critchlow is a leading expert in sacred architecture, the cofounder the journal Temenos, as well as the author of numerous books on sacred geometry including Order in space and Time Stant Still. Prof. Critchlow also founded Kairos, a society that investigates, studies and promotes traditional values of art and science.
“For Centuries, Practitioners of geometry have used the same implements as the ancient Egyptians – a compass or dividers, a straight edge and a tee square. These simple, reliable instruments were used to build the Great Pyramid, the Greek temples, the gothic cathedrals and the greatest mosques. The timeless wisdom that enabled the constructions of these awe inspiring structures has been handed down to the present day, along with the same basic tools. However, it is important to grasp that geometry is not simply a practical art of making things: it also has a deeper, more profound meaning – practically, philosophically and, most importantly, cosmologically. The craft guilds of Islam were crucial to the uploading of this knowledge.” Professor Keith Critchlow
Paul Marchant is a painter, teacher and a scholar of nature. He has taught at PSTA for many year developing a series of workbooks to guide students in the discipline of geometry, its relation to pattern, art and architecture. Paul’s current research in traditional geometry relates the grammar of pattern inherent in nature to the generation of designs in proportional formats, supporting the work of artists, designers and crafts people. His book ‘Unity in Pattern’* helped establish teaching programs which promotes the growth of international institutions.
“The practice of geometry is also regarded as a symbolic rite for continuous remembrance of the unifying creative principle underlying nature – one that helps maintain balance between the vertical and horizontal axes of peoples’ lives.” Paul Marchant
About Zanbeel Art
Zanbeel Art is a non-profit 501 (c) (3)based in Los Angeles, California. The organization aims to provide a platform for the transnational cultural dialogue and for the sharing of ideas by means of educational programs and festivals in Visual Art, History, Literature, Film, and Music. Vision:
Zanbeel Art brings exposure to established and emerging multinational South Asian artists. Our vision is to inspire and enrich marginalized communities and students of low socio-economic schools in the United States and South Asia. The programs extend beyond cultural boundaries by fostering an understanding of what brings us together and what it is that separates us. This inclusive platform nurtures a disparate society by giving it a voice through the arts.
The Exhibition ‘In Search of the Dot that Created the Circle’ will Show in Full at CB1 Gallery in January – February 2015.About CB1 Gallery:
Founded by Clyde Beswick in 2010, CB1 Gallery strives to promote and nurture intellectually stimulating work which implements an intersectional aesthetic. CB1 aims to provide a platform for inspired conversation amongst both participating artists and community members. In January 2015 the gallery opens its new 4500 sq. ft. exhibition space in the warehouse art district of downtown Los Angeles at 1923 S. Santa Fe, constituted of four new CB1 exhibition galleries, one of which serves as a space for national and international commercial galleries as well as non-profit organizations. www.cb1gallery.comAbout LA Islam Arts Initiative:
The Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) brings together nearly 30 cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to tell various stories of traditional and contemporary art from multiple Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI is the first-of-its kind, wide-scale citywide initiative on Islamic arts producing and presenting programming such as art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances. Anchoring LA/IAI are two connected exhibitions, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and the contemporary art exhibition, Shangri La: Imagined Cities commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) to be held at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) at Barnsdall Park from October 26 to December 28, 2014