The exhibition explores the visual language of geometric abstraction in the context of contemporary art.
For centuries, the question of whether the basics of geometry came naturally to all humans or if they had to be taught; has been explored. According to Plato’s writings, Socrates attempted to determine how well an uneducated slave in a Greek household understood geometry and eventually concluded that the slave’s soul ‘must have always possessed this knowledge’.
In the midst of startling havoc; humans by this very instinct seek to find order in this chaos, to reason with it; translating it to a language that is perhaps visual and universal is a common field of exploration for scientists and artists alike.
Consciousness also takes geometry as a starting point, accepting its heritage as a symbol of purity, intelligence, and perfection and bringing it towards a more contemporary interpretation as a language for exploring the atypical, the imperfect and the alternative. Works are brought together that seek to dissect segments of times, contexts and places and open them up to universal interpretation. The works, in the potency of the contradiction between their infinite possibilities as geometric compositions and the range of their references – social, political, art historical or other - are reduced to a neutral ground: to a human and conceivable form.
Geometric abstraction continues to evolve in studios of many contemporary artists today. Anchored in simplicity, repetition, flattened geometry and color harmony.
Alfa will deliver a groundbreaking exhibition titled “Consciousness” in Sept 2018 and will include work by over 26 artists from around the world.
Through this exhibition – in which both local and international artists will be showcased side-by-side – the intended impact and potential benefits are twofold: establish an association between local American artists and leading international artists and provide an opportunity for the public to experience international culture through a local exhibition.