REVIEW: "Language of Human Consciousness" @ Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Art and geometry have always overlapped. In the Islamic world, geometric ornamentation is quintessential, while spatial instinct and its manipulation are all-inclusive. “The Language of Human Consciousness,” currently showing at Jeddah’s Athr Gallery in Saudi Arabia, comes off a bit like a sociological survey, ambitiously bringing together 40 international and regional artists under the theme of the universality of geometry. Despite the congested exhibition, curators Jumana Ghouth and Mohammed Hafiz have brilliantly negotiated the slippery terrain between the subversive and traditional. The wide array of material from these artists mimics the seemingly endless array of geometric manipulations that exist in the world.