Viral Geometry is contemporary artist, Antuan's latest project. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the artist has produced an extended series of drawings concerning the global crisis that emerged as a result of the virus pandemic. These set of artworks is an exploratory vision and statement of our global crisis and the need for a shift in human behavior regarding our social net, the environment, economic disparities, and our own physical and spiritual health while signs of the COVID-19 crisis is heightening.

CURATING THROUGH CRISIS

This project is an integrated effort in times of social distancing and lockdown between Building Bridges Art Exchange  in Santa Monica, CA; Arte Al Limite, in Santiago, Chile; Curatorial Labs, in Philadelphia, PA; and La Neomudejar  Museum, in Madrid, Spain.

 

VIRAL PANDEMIC IN REAL TIME

The project initiates with the curatorial team of: Curator and Art Historian Marisa Caichiolo, Executive Director / Founder of Building Bridges Art Exchange and Curator of DIVERSEartLA, Museums & Institutions section of the LA Art Show (Los Angeles, USA); Curator and Art Historian Elisa Massardo, Editor of Arte Al Límite art magazine (Santiago, Chile) focusing on project  concept and design; and Curator and Museologist Jorge Luis Gutierrez, Artistic Director of Contemporary Art Lab and Consultant for Art Africa Miami art fair (Philadelphia, USA), focusing on the art essays of the project.

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EPIPHANIES AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

“After we’ve come out of hiding and taken off our masks, we should not forget what it was like to be alone.” [1]

 

Viral Geometry is contemporary artist, Antuan's latest project. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the artist has produced an extended series of drawings concerning the global crisis that emerged as a result of the viral pandemic. These set of artworks is an exploratory vision and statement of our global crisis and the need for a shift in human behavior regarding our social net, the environment, economic disparities, and our own physical and spiritual health while signs of the COVID-19 crisis is heightening and possibly cementing those changes.

 

The purpose of Viral Geometry is to create a much needed dialogue and discussion around the reimagining of global, regional, and local practices, from the perspective of the arts. This project questions the ways these practices led to a worldwide financial crisis; a surge of authoritarian governments; the emergence of a new economic superpower; an age of expertise, knowledge, and science under aggressive attack; culture and the arts at the service and spectacle of the markets; and a pandemic which precipitated crisis and uncertainty.

 

Amid the current uncertainty, it would be unwise to conceive highly confident predictions about how the world will be like shortly. However, a lesson to be learned from this human disturbance is that the COVID-19 pandemic lead to outcomes which stem from a deep-routed and unaddressed weaknesses. The COVID-19 crisis has been a catalyst, bringing issues upfront that were previously ignored in better times.

 

The coronavirus didn't break the world. It revealed what was already broken. Many of us are getting a glimpse of dystopia. Others are living it. Meanwhile, Viral Geometry is an excellent analogy to try to envision our present and future.

 

[1] George Packer- Staff writer. “We Are Living in a Failed State”. The Atlantic. May, 2020.

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

“Sometimes [infectious diseases] accelerate history or reveal where a society was already going, while sometimes they fundamentally change the trajectory of societies,” [1]

 

A strong economy placed wealth on elites and brought many current populations a bit more comfort under the global economy's standards. Local and imported products filled markets around the most extensive world cities. Furthermore, political leaders and governments managed a vast network of crossed global communications, needs, and technological innovations. Then what started as a local epidemic in the city of Wuhan, rapidly became an enemy without frontiers. The Coronavirus leapfrogged from one population center to another. The worlds political leaders scrambled to recover from an unexpected health crisis affecting social, public, and economic health.

 

The purpose of Viral Geometry is to create a much needed dialogue and discussion around the reimagining of global, regional, and local practices, from the perspective of the arts.

 

Two years ago, “scientists had predicted a new coronavirus would emerge from bats in Asia, partly because this was the area most affected by deforestation and other environmental pressures. Altering in a dangerous way the planets ecosystem.” [2]

 

For many years, contemporary artist Antuan, has devoted his artistic work to warn of a crisis on an unbalanced world, through the narratives of art and in terms of the environment, social justice, human harmony and wellbeing. Antuan is an integral environmentalist, trans-disciplinary, and cosmogonic artist.

 

[1] Kyle Harper.  Ancient epidemics historian. University of Oklahoma. Past plagues offer lessons for society after the coronavirus pandemic. Science News.org.

[2] Jonathan Watts. Global environment editor Promiscuous treatment of nature' will lead to more pandemics – scientists. The Guardian. May, 2020.

TURNING THINGS AROUND

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” [1]                                                                                                                                        

“In 1962, the biologist-chemist duo Donald Caspar and Aaron Klug published a seminal paper on the structural organization of viruses. The visual expression of the geodesic dome by architect Richard Buckminster Fuller.” [2] A frame structure of the geodesic dome, is a convex polyhedron massed from hexagons and pentagons inspire Caspar and Klug’s theory on the viral geometry. As a guide to future studies of viral behavior and function.

 

Three decades later, in the fields of the visual arts, Antuan inquires and takes elements of the Sacred Geometry to interpret and transform into a visual narrative, from patterns, designs, and structures present in nature. Inclusive of the minuscule particles to the greater cosmos, in which geometrical archetypes, reveal to us the heart of each form and its vibrational resonances.

 

Moving within the knowledge of humanities, science, and wellbeing strategies, Antuan’s work becomes a new consciousness’s as an approach related to the constant human concern for universal communication. Through forms, symbols, and codes, connecting the methodologies of artistic production in harmony with the tactics of scientific abstraction, human wellbeing, and social thinking envisioned as the other dimension of art linked to a new order of humanistic networking.

 

Art is an excellent metaphor to try to envision our future towards a sustaining planet, health-giving humans [in mind, soul, and body] and a stimulating social human web in a post-COVID-19 world.

 

[1] The World as I See It is a book by Albert Einstein. 1934.

[2] Jordana Cepelewicz. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - The Illuminating Geometry of Viruses. Quanta Magazine. July, 2017.

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To inquire about the artwork seen here, call us at 1 (323) 893-3924 or email us at buildingbridgesax@gmail.com.

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Supported in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica

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