BIN MATAR HOUSE
ALEPH IN MANY LETTERS
30 January 2016
6 December 2015, 7:00pm
Memory of the Place
4:00pm to 7:00pm
interest in calligraphy, Al Sayegh seeks to liberate Arabic letters from the restrictions imposed by language and meaning. The artist instead focuses on the purely aesthetic properties of the written word in order to create a universal visual language. Often uniting ornamentation with calligraphic script, Al Sayegh has developed a distinctive practice. Through the formal elements of line and space, the artist abstracts Arabic letters and words into dynamic geometric compositions, which often cover the entire surface of the artwork. Visually engaged with the modern art movement, geometric minimalism, Al Sayegh’s works bridge two artistic traditions to forge a unique contribution to the history of modernism.
The exhibition Alef in Many Letters is based on the book of the same name by master calligrapher Samir Al Sayegh. The texts and the artworks on display strive to free the art of Arabic calligraphy from language and literal meaning, allowing the shapes to exist purely aesthetically.
The Shaikh Ebrahim Center is pleased to present this exceptional exhibition of recent works by Samir Al Sayegh at the Bin Matar House.