Vernissage: November 16th from 6 pm
Exhibition: May 11th to September 17th 2016
Closed from May 27th to Monday June 6th and from July 11th and August 15th
From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am till 12:00 and from 01:00 pm to 6:00
Saturday from 1:00 pm ill 6:00 pm or by appointment
<< To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour >>
(excerpt of Auguries of Innocence / William Blake)
<< Pour moi, observer la nature est la meilleure source d’inspiration et d’enseignement. Elle est à la fois évasive et précise, chaotique et ordonnée. Afin de révéler le monde dans un champs, une pulsion ou une vague, il semble qu’aucune masse ou que rien ne soit fixe. Mais, en définitive, c’est cette attraction et cette gravité qui relient tout. >>
Since rising to prominence as a sculptor in the 1980s, Shirazeh Houshiary’s practice has swelled to encompass painting, installation, architectural projects and film. “I set out to capture my breath,” she said in 2000, to “find the essence of my own existence, transcending name, nationality, cultures.” Veils, membranes and mists are leitmotifs in work that tries to visualise modes of perception, spanning the scientific and the cosmic while drawing on sources as wide-ranging as Sufism, Renaissance painting, contemporary physics and poetry. Houshiary finds succour in the transformation of material: Arabic words, one an affirmation the other a denial, are pencil-stroked onto canvas so lightly, and clouded over by finely wrought skeins of pigment, that they morph in front of the naked eye and defy reproduction. So too, aluminium armatures and elliptical brick towers, charged with dynamic tension, appear different from every angle, as if negating their own presence; her commission for the East Window of St Martins in the Fields, London, presents a cross, warped and spanning from a circular motif, as if reflected in water. “The universe is in a process of disintegration,” she says, “everything is in a state of erosion, and yet we try to stabilise it. This tension fascinates me and it’s at the core of my work” (2013).
Shirazeh Houshiary was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1955, where she attended university before moving to London in 1974. She has a BA from Chelsea School of Art (1979) and lives and works in London. She has had solo exhibitions at Magasin-Centre national d’art contemporain, Grenoble (1995), University of Massachusetts Amherst (1994), Camden Arts Centre, London (1993), Musee Rath, Geneva (1988), and in 2013 her exhibition Breath was a celebrated Collateral Event of the 55th Venice Biennale. Major group exhibitions include the 40th Venice Biennale (1982), the Kiev Biennale (2012) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994.