A Solo Exhibition by Zeehan Wazed
“I’ve always been fascinated by gyroscopic shapes, interplanetary and molecular orbits, galaxies within galaxies...I have a 3D view of the Kharmic Wheel. I find meaning in everything. I am interested in the way time, place and movement intersect...the moments, which together form the trajectories of our lives, these strange pathways leading towards an ever unknowable future, those are the lines you see in my work.
A lot of my dexterity in painting comes from dancing. The lines, muscle memory, and coordination converts on to canvas for me, like dancing with a can of spray paint. That’s what I’m trying to show with the augmented reality component of this show.
For this exhibition, technology was so important, not only because it allowed me to create that link between my choreography and my visual work in AR; technology was also essential in creating the
sculptures. For me, creating these structures wouldn’t be feasible through any other process. Only with the combination of virtual reality and 3D printing would anyone who is not an experienced engineer be able to create structures with level of intricacy, these particular angles and interlocking structures.
All of my practices come together in New Alchemy. I’m so inspired by the movement of this city. I want to create a real New York City moment. Individually and collectively, the works in this show are intended to cause the viewer to feel that they are standing in the gallery, experiencing the work at whatever particular time for a reason. Maybe the works will inspire them, maybe they’ll meet someone, maybe they’ll just avoid something else by being there - but I want to create that momentous feeling you get when you see something and sense you’re synchronized with your life or aligned with faith at that precise moment. I want to viewer to think about the energy and sense of forward motion that experience creates.
ZEEHAN WAZED (b. 1991) With a background in perceptual psychology, artist Zeehan Wazed explores the philosophical side of mathematics in his mind bending paintings and drawings. Wazed often incorporates the principles of topology and shape theory into his work – areas of mathematics, which analyze concepts like space, dimension, and transformation. The artist executes his work while considering these miraculous mathematical equations that describe how shapes are able to bend and stretch, producing mesmerizing images, which highlight our innate ability to find patterns and associations everywhere we look.