Life and Geometry
9 December 2016 - 3 January 2017
A rare opportunity to see a selection of Zarah's geometric paintings, 3D wall-hung pieces and a new digital animation.
WORKS ON DISPLAY
SILENT LIGHT Digital animation: of infinite duration
Silent Night is a unique animated artwork with a palette of all 16 million colours in the RGB colour spectrum. The animation has 6 cycles of connected shapes and colours that gently morph in and out of the different shapes in the geometric sequence. On each loop the computer code makes a random colour choice. The cyclical loops are set at different speeds, therefore the animation loops infinitely - the way it has been designed, it is very unlikely that the same colour and time sequence will ever repeat.
NB Silent Light will be displayed daily after dusk until Thursday 22 Dec (due to the need for human operation of equipment)
1 GREEN COMPOSITION Oil on gesso panel, 2010 110x110cm
2 TWELVE-FOLD SYMMETRY I Watercolour on paper, 2014 50x50cm SOLD
3 TWELVE-FOLD SYMMETRY II Watercolour on paper, 2014 50x50cm (framed)
4 COMPOSITION WITH 12-FOLD ROSETTES Gouache on paper, 2011 100x70cm £500 (framed)
5 COMPOSITION WITH 24-FOLD ROSETTES Gouache on paper, 2011 100x70cm (framed)
6 ARAAM Exhibition catalogue (limited stock, signed by Zarah Hussain)
This catalogue accompanied the Araam exhibition, a touring show of work by Halima Cassell and Zarah Hussain. The exhibition toured to 5 venues and contains essays by Daud Sutton and Valerie Grove.
7 ROSETTES IN 5X5 FORMATION Oil on gesso panel, 2010 110x110cm SOLD
8 BINARY STAR 1 of 14 Cast resin coated with gesso plaster and acrylic paint, protective varnish 23x21x12cm, 2014
9 EQUILATERAL SYMMETRY I 1 of 3 Cast resin coated with gesso plaster and acrylic paint, protective varnish 40x40x12cm, 2014
10 EQUILATERAL SYMMETRY II 1 of 3 Cast resin coated with gesso plaster and acrylic paint, protective varnish 23x21x12cm, 2014
11 PROTO STAR 1 of 14 *Available in blue, turquoise, green and lime. Cast resin coated with gesso plaster and acrylic paint, protective varnish 23x21x12cm, 2014
Zarah Hussain is an MA graduate of the Islamic Art programme at the Prince’s School for Traditional Arts in London. She has spent many years perfecting the traditional techniques for creating mathematically precise, geometric art and then adapting them to produce unique works with a contemporary resonance across a range of disciplines. Her work is held in many national collections.
Her latest work Numina currently on display in the foyer of the Barbican centre, combines designs found in the art and architecture of the Islamic world with contemporary digital arts, bringing to life a usually static artform by mapping animated geometric patterns onto a sculpture composed of tessellating pyramids arranged on a hexagonal grid.
The presence of infinite repeating patterns in Islamic art is conducive to meditative and transcendent states. Numina is the latest in a series of digital animations she has created, in 2015 her animation the Magic Carpet mapped geometric patterns onto the exterior of the William Morris Gallery during the Walthamstow Garden Party. This same animation was used earlier in 2015 to provide stage lighting and background visuals for the Transcender music festival at the Barbican.
She has had numerous exhibitions across the UK and a major show in 2014 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, ‘Symmetry in Sculpture’, which was extended twice due to popular demand.
Hussain has completed several public art commissions, she recently created an indoor installation for Sotheby’s Islamic Art week. She has also designed a room for the new Royal London Hospital and a street project in Barking funded by the Mayor of London’s outer London Fund.
Hussain has received the Mosaic Award for Art and Culture presented by HRH the Prince of Wales and has been nominated for the Jameel Prize at the Victoria & Albert Museum.