Fahim  Somani

The Agora Gallery in NYC is currently hosting an exhibition, The Essence of Abstraction, which features the artwork of Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani. The exhibition is scheduled to run from March 2, 2013 through March 22, 2013.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, March 14, 2013 from 6-8 pm.

From the Press Release: 

Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani creates expressionistic, calligraphy-inflected compositions which are not only exquisite formal experiments full of delightful painterly flourishes, but aesthetic bridges between two cultures. While drawing on the text of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, Somani incorporates elements that evoke Minimalism, Abstract Expressionist, and other currents in post-war American art. The artist achieves this marriage of visual cues from Muslim and U.S. art with verve, producing powerful and enigmatic images full of brilliant brushstrokes and vibrant textures.

The majority of these acrylic compositions on canvas or panels feature a sharp contrast between two dominant colors  — one serving as the calligraphic element, the other as a backdrop — though numerous variations and subtle shifts in hue give each image a scintillating range of tones and textures. Others are closer to gradients, with tightly thatched brushstrokes creating gradual shifts between bold and muted tones. By introducing variations to his iconic imagery, Somani underlines the symmetries between two aesthetics and cultures and gently points to the rich potential of the combination.

Exhibition Dates: March 2, 2013 – March 22, 2013
Reception: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6-8 pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Fahim_Somani.aspx