Egyptian-born artist Sherin Guirguis introduces Arabic ornamentation and calligraphy to Minimalist language. Her paintings incorporate a variety of materials such as watercolors, ink, and copper leaf, blending colorful abstraction with repetitive geometric patterns. A recent series of works, including Untitled (khamsa) (2012), uses concentric circles in a wide variety of arrangements; for Guirguis, the concentric circles are “a cipher or a vessel” for the Egyptian revolution, inspired by aerial views of the protests in Tahrir Square. Guirguis’ work in mixed-media sculpture with wood, aluminum, and lead navigates this same tension between the obscurity of abstraction and the geometry of something seemingly diagrammed and therefore appearing to have concrete meaning. She cites a wide range of artists as influences, including Helen Frankenthaler and Donald Judd.