Panel Discussion: Inspired by Geometry in Islamic Art

When 19 Feb 2017
Where Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs (DGCP)
11-03 45th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
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A Panel Discussion moderated by Gabriel de Guzman 
with presentations by physicist Peter J. Lu 
and exhibtion artists Samantha Holmes and Armita Raafat

Physicist, Peter J. Lu and exhibition artists Samantha Holmes and Armita Raafat will explore connections among geometry, science, and art, looking at pattern in Islamic decoration as a source of inspiration for both scientific findings and creative expressions. Peter J. Lu is recognized for his discoveries of quasicrystal patterns in medieval Islamic architecture. Artist Samantha Holmes reinterprets these geometric designs, distorting them in her work to reflect the disorder of modern life. Armita Raafat’s work incorporates the honeycomb structures of muqarnas, an architectural element found in Islamic interiors, which she combines with modern fabricated materials to create abstract compositions that highlight a tension between traditional and contemporary elements.

Gabriel de Guzman is Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill in the Bronx. He has also organized exhibitions for Rush Arts Gallery, The Jewish Museum, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), Carriage Barn Arts Center, Boriqua College, the Affordable Art Fair, New York, as well as The Bronx Museum’s 2013 AIM Biennial. His writings have been published in catalogues for Wave Hill, The Bronx Museum, Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, The Jewish Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, and NoMAA. He earned an MA in art history from Hunter College and a BA in art history from the University of Virginia.

Samantha Holmes is a New York-based artist, whose work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Palazzo Fortuny, in conjunction with the 2015 Venice Biennale, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates. She has received public art commissions that include Randall’s Island Park, the ARTPLAY Design Center in Moscow, and the Museum of the City of Ravenna, Italy. Holmes is the recipient of the 2011 International GAEM Art Prize (Young Artists and Mosaic), as well as the 2013 RAM prize for mosaic. She earned a BA in visual and environmental studies from Harvard University and an MFA in experimental mosaic from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna.

Peter J. Lu  is a post-doctoral research fellow in applied physics at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His discoveries of girih tiles, quasicrystal patterns in medieval Islamic architecture, early precision compound machines in ancient China, and evidence of the first use of diamonds as a tool in Neolithic China are widely acclaimed. He earned a B.A. in physics from Princeton and a PhD in physics from Harvard University.

Armita Raafat is a New York-based sculptor and installation artist, who was born in Chicago and raised in Tehran, Iran. Raafat’s work has been presented in exhibitions in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York; Garris & Hahn Gallery, New York; Kepco Center, Seoul, Korea; and the Institute of Woman and Art at Rutgers University. She is a recipient of awards and residencies including LMCC Swing Space, the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts studio program, a Peter S. Reed Foundation grant for sculpture, and a NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture/Crafts. Raafat holds a BFA from Al-Zahra University in Tehran and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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