The Divine Is In The Detail explores the relationships in Aisha Khalid's work amongst geometry and precision with respect to the spiritual. The exhibition title is a play on the commonly heard phrase 'the devil is in the detail', in other words, the difficulties or problematics of specificity. While the phrase denotes a process that is painstaking and undesirable, this show approaches the detail in Khalid's work as generative and rife with creative potential.
In one piece titled Beyond The Right Doing And Wrong Doing There Is A Field, I Will Meet You There a grid of squares made of triangles quietly morph into fluid lines, while dark shading and gold leaf create a sense of depth and animatedness. This encounter between color and line reflects the ambiguous ethical territory of the title, and interrupts the work's atomized encounters of geometric forms. Such disruptions and conceptual leaps explore the transcendent power of rich patterns as well as the stories such lacunae in patterns can tell.
Two individual pieces titled Wound Is A Place Where The Light Enters You utilize a similar method to the aforementioned work. Folds resembling cloth encounter a field of gold. Yet in this instance the dynamism is a flurry of dark jagged forms at the center of this field. Red yields to gold, and the sharp spheres are submerged beneath red, revealing that while a wound is a penetration, a rupture can also be accompanied by openness to the divine.
Another duo of works is a diptych titled Yourself Of Yourself which features two jackets modeled on the artist's body and made of velvet and silk. One is black and the other red, with identical patterns save for the reversal of dressmaker pins extruding from the fabric. This mirroring captures the symbolic and actual pain that attends to the ambiguity within our selves and towards others.
Spirituality, logic and the mathematical precision of geometry inspire much of Khalid's work, particularly in the discipline's approach to God and the universe. She manipulates these elements to delve into the endless possibilities that these patterns offer and render geometry a kind of spirituality, drawing on the artist's belief that mathematics is a form of 'divine knowledge'.
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