Sahand Hesamiyan: Sulook, 2013 

 Steel, UV Color, and Black light  / 417 * 190 * 190 cm

Derived from the Arabic term Sulook, the name finds its roots in the Sufi tradition of mysticism. It alludes to a spiritual pathway and involves developing both the exoteric and esoteric aspects of life with accordance to religious guidance.In physical form, the complex geometric structures and modern aesthetic in the exhibit take inspiration from the traditional structure of the dome — an ancient Persian structural form that became a defining feature of Muslim architecture — specifically, a variation of the dome where its beauty lies in the shape and form rather than its embellishment. Linking science and geometry to the metaphysical nature of spirituality, Hesamiyan references the construction philosophy of these domes, wherein the height and upward movement of the structure is a metaphor for the heavenly transcendence man reaches with enlightenment.
The contemporary interpretation of the dome, through the use of innovative medium such as plexus, UV powder, black lights and reticular form, not only gives mutability to the piece, but also explores both the internal and external spaces and presents the multifaceted relationship that exists between modernity and tradition.

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Artist Do-Ho Suh’s ghostly fabric sculptures explore the meaning of home

One of our favorite contemporary artists has just come out with his largest work to date. Do Ho Suh is a Korean sculptor and installation artist who’s known for his thought-provoking sculptures that often have to do with migration and personal space. These themes reflect his own move from his homeland of Seoul, South Korea to New York.

At the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, you’ll find Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home, a 1:1 scale replica of two houses the artist had previously lived in, one inside the other. Created in purple fabric, his traditional Korean home, where he lived in when he was a child, is enveloped and suspended within a more modern building, his first apartment building when he came to the United States, located in Providence, Rhode Island.

The work is so massive, measuring 12m x 15m, that Suh had to use a 3D scanning machine for precision and detail. While you see two homes in this piece, Suh calls it Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home because he wants the viewer to see the installation on a larger level. “As you approach the gallery space, my translucent piece is between the viewer and the longer view, so it becomes five homes-within-homes: my two homes inside; the museum; the palace; and then Seoul.”

You can see and even walk through this installation at the MMCA until May 5, 2014.

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The Micrarium - A collection of the tiny.

I recently visited the the Grant Museum of Zoology within UCL and came across the micrarium, essentially a collage of the tiny life forms of our planet. Each one is a microscope slide carefully preserved and presented within this awesome display.

It’s often very easy to forget that these smaller creatures from plankton to fungi have a huge effect in the world around us. For example a short post on how bacteria are superheroes. Also more about zoology here are some animals you may not have heard of.

Time Lapse of installing this awesome collection. More about the museum right here.