Armen Agop: Mantra
The first solo exhibition in the UAE for the Egyptian sculptor, noted for his black granite sculptures. This show has his drawings and paintings alongside sculptural works.
The title reflects the nature of the work in this series, as the physical documentation of a meditative, spiritual practice; the artist has chosen one of the smallest elements, the point, and applied it over and over to discover its limitless potential and to reach profound experiences. The sculpting of granite is a gruelling and lengthy task. The repetitive carving, grinding and shaping of the material movements become an almost meditative process.
In contrast, in the drawings and paintings it is the meditative process itself that unveils the composition. At first glance, the paintings resemble the inherent monumentality of Agop’s sculptural work with large, black expanses of space; but on closer inspection, they are made up of fine points in colourful hues, lightly and purposefully placed upon the canvas. There is a softness that plays against the hard, strong sculptural works of the same subject matter.
Above: Armen Agop, Untitled 129 (2013)