BLIND SPOT, A DIALOGUE
Curator: Hanna Regev
Artist: Pantea Karimi
Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 2017 @6-8pm
Closing Reception: Friday, June 30, 2017 @5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: June 9 to June 30, 2017
Ruth’s Table is pleased to present an exhibition of new works on paper and installation by Pantea Karimi that continues to celebrate the Year of the Woman.
The gallery presentation will feature selected works from Pantea Karimi’s recent series Punctum Caecum. Punctum Caecum, translated from Latin, means “blind spot.” The “blind spot” refers to a time in history when a blind eye was turned on free exchange of knowledge between Muslim and European scientists in the medieval age and beyond.
Karimi tracks visual elements in early science and invites viewers to observe science and its history through the process of image-making. Karimi says, “I am fascinated by the illustrations of the scientific ideas, which often complimented the complicated content of these manuscripts. I examine the manuscripts’ layouts, hand-drawn images, diagrams, and geometrical shapes as well as textual explanations. “
With this series, Hanna Regev curator of Blind Spot, a dialogue is pleased with the timing of the exhibition. “It’s so fitting to have dialogues with viewers about the value of old manuscripts of Persian, Arab and European cultures and apply relevancy to the moment.” With these mined treasures we want to raise a few important questions as follows:
• What do we learn about the ancient world and the scientific activities and the way they communicated then?
• What medicinal knowledge and value do the botanical ancient manuscripts and illustrations of plants hold and how can they advance the knowledge of science today?
• What is the immediate impact of scientific endangerment to our society and industry at present time?
• When blind spots are revealed/reversed who stands to benefit?
While immersed in medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, Karimi also incorporates ideas from modern avant-garde artists like the Russian Suprematist artists El Lissitzky (19890-1941) and Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) who are known for abstraction and geometric shapes.
All these elements are mashed and under a steady hand of a master printer who skillfully employs silkscreen, ink, watercolor, graphite on paper, wood, velum, fabric, and plexiglass. The scientific concepts and ideas found in ancient manuscripts are then featured in site-specific installations and video projections to create a novel and dynamic visual to pique our interest and advance our curiosity.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST HERE.