Farghali Abdel Hafiz - Florence
The ongoing debate over what constitutes the 'organic' as opposed to the 'geometric' in the realm of art is crucial to establishing a close relationship between these two opposing concepts. Indeed, feelings of empathy and warmth are capable of adding an emotional dimension to dry subjects such as mathematics. Similarly, the organic draws on geometric principles to attain a sense of structure. This is how unity is achieved when putting together a painting's elements, none of which can be separately identified as either organic or geometric.
In addition, the question of color presents an important premise: there is no such thing as one single color. What really matters is the shade itself and how it interacts with other shades. In live subjects, color invariably creates a kind of alliance between one shade and the other. Actually, colors of all kinds thrive on this dynamic intermingling. It is the artist's task, therefore, to painstakingly explore shades of color in order to achieve a level of harmony that can be simultaneously seen and "heard" very much like that of a musical symphony.
Each stage of artistic creation, is governed by one principal element which in this collection, is a spiral shape that recurs from one picture to the next, and which is evident in each color, subject and function involved in the construction of the painting.
A highly visible theme in this collection is the principle of unity that draws on an emphasis on symmetry which is central to principles of creation.
Also explored in this exhibition is the role played by the turbulence and tensions of the present day in shaping the interplay of artistic elements at their various meeting points. All this conveys the sense of imbalance afflicting humanity, making us wonder whether or not the elements will collapse or remain poised in a permanent state of uncertainty as they struggle to keep their balance. This pretty much sums up contemporary man's dilemma.
he themes dealt with in this collection merge with the cornucopia of Ancient Egyptian art, a legacy of artistic treasures which represents human innovation at its most creative and which continues to possess our hearts and minds. This is evident from our tendency to associate a certain shape with a pyramid, obelisk, temple, statue, crown, or even the face of an ancient queen or princess.
This collection represents an endeavor on my part to convey the elements discussed above. If my mission has not been successful, I believe the attempt itself will have been worthwhile.
I dedicate this collection to Hamed Oweiss, a great master and a most generous human being to whom I owe much gratitude. May God continue to bless him with good health and a long life.
Mostafa Abdel Moity