Lisson Gallery

FOCUS: Haroon Mirza, 'Attraction and Illumination'

FOCUS: Haroon Mirza, 'Attraction and Illumination' artwork

Lisson Gallery’s new space in Mayfair opens with an exhibition titled Horizon (6 – 31 October) that includes this new work by Haroon MirzaAttraction and Illumination. This is the 34th unique construction in an ongoing series of LED Circuit Compositions and his most elaborate yet – drawing on inspiration from scientific milestones such the four Maxwell equations, which govern magnetic flow patterns and Penrose tiling, named after the mathematician who discovered mosaic of geometric shapes with multiple symmetries.
 
This structure features, among other materials: gradients of light, marks created by ferrofluid (a liquid that can be magnetised), polarised sheets, a boat window, a turntable platter and record, as well as etched circuit boards, all combined through the connective tissue of light, electricity and electromagnetic energy.
 
Mirza’s series of LED Circuit Compositions is a group of reliefs, which generally feature transparent elements, made from glass or acrylic with LED strips mounted on them. The wires and any copper tape used deliberately remain visible and are part of the graphic, abstract and purely visual compositions of coloured, lit and un-lit lines. Some works are solar-powered, while this one is connected to mains electricity. The materials incorporate found objects and components from the studio, either as remnants of other works, or materials used by other artists.
 
They also relate back to his earliest aggregated constructions, which Mirza described in an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2014 as: “creating a complex narratives of references and meanings… There are layers of feedback within the work itself, within the technology of the work, within the processes of the work, within the way the work is made – there’s a self-reflexive process, which is a continual feedback.”

Attraction and Illumination II artwork
Attraction and Illumination II artwork
Attraction and Illumination II artwork
Attraction and Illumination II artwork

In conjunction with Lisson Gallery’s new space opening on Cork Street, Mirza is creating new installation works as part of Frieze Live’s 111 hours programme, ‘The Institute of Melodic Healing’, curated by Victor Wang. This duration stems from Mirza’s research into the physiological properties of the frequency of 111 Hz, one that has been demonstrated by scientists to resonate from certain prehistoric megalithic structures that served as centres for social or spiritual events. It had also been associated with inducing trance-like states and a switching of activity from the left side of the brain to the right prefrontal cortex, hence the title of this work, MindFlip. For Frieze Live, Mirza will also present a new participatory installation of shamanic drumming. Audiences will also be able to use a QR code to activate a special collaboration with soprano opera singer Sarah-Jane Lewis, at 9 Cork Street from 8 –11 October.  

 

 

FOCUS: Haroon Mirza, 'Attraction and Illumination' artwork
FOCUS: Haroon Mirza, 'Attraction and Illumination' artwork
FOCUS: Haroon Mirza, 'Attraction and Illumination' artwork
FOCUS: Haroon Mirza, 'Attraction and Illumination' artwork
FOCUS: Haroon Mirza, 'Attraction and Illumination' artwork
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