Any readers who have visited my previous blog may recognise the name Sahand Hesamiyan as an artist whose sculptures I have previously blogged about. Hesamiyan’s latest sculpture, Sulook, is currently being exhibited at The Third Line gallery in Dubai, UAE, and so I feel the need to revisit his work and express why I like it so much.
Sahand Hesamiyan is an Iranian Sculptor who uses geometric shapes to build sculptures creating a 3D representation of the patterns and spaces they can produce. Sculpture is a favourite area of art for me when combined with this practice as I’ve always been fascinated with how patterns are created and transformed especially by our own motion within a given exhibition space. These types of sculptures create illusions too. In the case of Sulook you can grasp the impression of an eternity being displayed through the required use of mathematics producing continued rows of shapes that fit perfectly together. Within this post you’ll see exclusive photos provided by Hesamiyan (thanks so much!) conveying many aspects of the intricately built work…
The construction of this piece and how it appears when looking into the centre reminds me very much of the Muqarnas feature used uniquely in Islamic Architecture. It is formed by what appears to be many small domes carved out of plaster or stone. Muqarnas has been used beautifully for the interiors of many a Mosque dome and also at the head of plinths and connecting arches. There are some examples of Muqarnas and an explanation of how they are constructed on Eric Broug’s ‘Broug Atelier‘ site.
Here is a classic example of the Muqarnas featured within an arched alcove in the famous Royal (Imam) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran:
Anyone who is familiar with the Kufic Arabic script may well recognise similarities between the appearance of this and the geometric pattern used in Burberry’s new Geometric clutch.
Here is an example of a contemporary art piece by Mukhtar Sanders and Soraya Syed illustrating the block type caligraphy style that is formed by using the kufic script:
I personally like the shapes and colours used in this pattern. It also looks slightly Aztec but that could be because of the shade of orange used which provides a high contrast against the black, in this case helping it to stand out and become the iconic feature of the clutch. I also like the fact that this shade of orange is more of a rustic one than an over-bright or garish one. When using one colour against a black background you don’t have to go too bright as the contrast itself lends a hand in making the colour appear brighter than it actually is.
A part of me wonders whether this choice in design could be deliberate in order to appeal to the many rich Arabs who love their designer accessories. But who cares? If you can afford it then why not? I would say: better a rich person with taste than one without! (As long as you’re not wasteful either).