Art on 56th is proud to announce Room 11, a solo-exhibition of works by Lebanese artist Rafik Majzoub. The show is a visual record of an experiment conducted by Majzoub, who remained in a room for four weeks, an experience of meditation, healing, growth, but also of torment, anxiety and torture. The artworks chronicle his journey, and serve as a diary that translates his ideas, condition and state of mind into a creative study of the self.
A self-taught artist based in Jordan, Majzoub produces raw, spontaneous and seemingly unfinished works of art. He often depicts his figures with tortured expressions, caught in a perpetual struggle for progress and self-discovery. For his Room 11 project, he explores the mind through experience by embarking upon a voyage of introspection. The result of his stay in a single room for several is a body of drawings and sketches, accompanied by notes, which narrate his drifting towards subconscious liberation.
The agitated lines, frail forms and agonized figures are deceptively simple. Though they appear to be childlike doodles, a closer look reveals profound meaning and the corruption of innocence, imbued with vulnerability, exposure and pain. The expressive and deeply intimate works are first drafts of personal history, teeming with unfinished content and uncalculated imperfections.
In Room 11, Majzoub takes his viewers on his quest to find himself. He loses himself in his thoughts and is overwhelmed by the power of a free mind. His art is a product of instinct and of the psyche. It is immersive and shares with the beholder real-time moments of reflection on a both personal and universal scale, a contemplation not only on the artist himeslf but also on humanity. Majzoub defines the project as “just a story about self treatment of the soul and mind, in a room for a few weeks with just a diary.”