Dubai-based artist explores why symmetry is so satisfying

A piece from Series 1, part of the "1, 2, 3" exhibition. (Image supplied)
Updated 01 October 2018

Dubai-based artist explores why symmetry is so satisfying

  • Self-taught artist Nima Nabavi unveiled his first-ever solo exhibition in Dubai
  • It is a fascinating deep dive into the art of geometry

DUBAI: Self-taught artist Nima Nabavi recently unveiled his first-ever solo exhibition at Dubai’s The Third Line gallery and it’s a fascinating deep dive into the art of geometry.

Titled “1, 2, 3,” the exhibition is comprised of three series of art. Series 1, completed over the course of five months, features 16 black-and-white pieces in which a pattern of lines gradually becomes denser toward the center.

“With my geometry one of the things I like to do is take the smallest and most basic form, like a line that’s rigid, and try to create some sort of texture out of it by repeating it thousands of times,” the artist told Arab News.

“As you look at it in the very beginning, it’s open in the middle and as you move across this diamond of density starts shrinking until its dense in the middle. I wanted to show the possibility of movement, texture and gradient, but only use one color and one form — a line — to try to create that,” he added, noting that “some of the pieces have upwards of 13,000 lines in them.”

Series 2 marks a progression from the previous body with the introduction of color, according to a press release — eight different hues appear in each work in various sequences, resulting in polychromatic ripple effects. Meanwhile, Series 3 is a synthesis of the elements found in the previous two: Color, thickness, movement and size come together to replicate patterns found in living systems.

“I’ve always found peace — like all of us — in symmetry,” Nabavi said. “Everything in my life is messy, my brain is messy, so I’ve always really liked patterns.”

And he isn’t the only one, perfectly aligned boxes, sharp lines and neat symmetrical forms have fascinated many an artist and layman — you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t take satisfaction from aesthetic order and perfection.

The Iran-born artist is keen to explore why people are so fascinated by such art forms.

“Why are we all drawn to symmetry and geometry?” he asked, “Why do we like these things that don’t actually exist – it’s not a picture of a sunrise or anything – it’s this conceptual, mathematical object.”

“1, 2, 3,” is on show at The Third Line in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue until Nov. 3, 2018.


Girls outperform boys in games at Saudi Arabia's Taif Season

Updated 23 August 2019

Girls outperform boys in games at Saudi Arabia's Taif Season

  • Saudi Entertainment Summit aims to give visitors at Taif Season an atmosphre of fun, adventure and enthusiasm.

TAIF: Taif Season is attracting Saudi girls to adventure and action games, with the “Action Mania” park allowing game fans of both sexes to exercise their passions in an unprecedented interactive atmosphere in the Village of Roses, held in Al-Radf Park.

Ryan Shaqroun, CEO of Saudi Entertainment Summit, owner of “Action Mania,” noted that girls were more daring than their male counterparts in the “Adrenaline Live” event in the challenge and adventure city. The company has designed a special sports abaya, closed from the bottom, to give girls more freedom during play.

Among the adventure games that have attracted Saudi women at “Action Mania,” “Skyfall” is a breathtaking game, with a safe fall of 16 meters, while the company has also introduced its parachute jump simulator for the first time.

Shaqroun added that the company aims to give visitors at Taif Season an atmosphere of fun, adventure and enthusiasm, with the adventure park area covering 12,000 square meters within the Village of Roses, with 15 games of different sizes. All games have international safety and security certifications, conform to Saudi standards and specifications, and are under the supervision of trained Saudi cadres with experience in the entertainment industry.

Visitors can enter Action Mania from 5 p.m. to midnight, allowing them to experience the fun, entertainment and adventure through a range of exciting activities and games, suitable for the whole family, such as climbing, free jumping, circus swings, and other skill and fitness games.