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Safarkhan is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition for established contemporary artist, Karim Abdel Malak, from March 22nd to April 12th. This will be the third exhibition for Abdel Malak, aptly titled “Third Eye,” whose powerful mixed media painting and wire sculpture continues to capture the hearts and minds of art lovers, gaining him ever more acclaim as he progresses in his artistic journey. Indeed, these latest works constitute just that, a candid, undeniable development to a deeper and more intuitive art, as he delves into the complex relationship of our triune being: the ego (which he judiciously substitutes for the mind), the body and the soul. In his own words, the essence of this collection is a rumination on the “continued oscillation between the body with its desires and the spirit with its purity,” posing the poetic question; “how narrow the walls of the body, yet how wide the cities of the soul?” 
The works in this collection contend the most elusive pursuit in our lives is striving to diminish and limit the pervasiveness of our egos and our oftentimes-selfish sense of self, and ascend to a higher plain of illumination and consciousness. Abdel Malak explores the notion of the metaphorical contract that every soul has in this life, and the concept of their predestination, that everything that has happened or will be was preordained by a higher power. He contends that only in our ascension or obtainment of this higher knowledge do we taste the true beauty of life, and our desire for the material and temporal becomes lessened while our connection with the divine is strengthened. Opening our third eye is the only key to a purer and more meaningful world, free of temporal material burdens, illuminating the the spiritual realm, as we cross the bridge over from life’s misery, struggles and superficiality to one of tranquility, purpose and enlightenment.
He conveys this through a gently reimagined palette of blues representing communication and clarity, oranges representing emotion and greens alluding to the natural world and our inherent connection to it. Abdel Malak demonstrates a mastery of meshing these colors, adding more water elements symbolizing purity and cleansing. His use of animals has developed, using for example motifs of our native Egyptian bird, the Hoopoe, long revered for its medicinal properties, symbolizing healing and regeneration, as well as butterflies denoting metamorphosis, change, adaptation and maturity into something more beautiful. His wire sculptures have also developed similarly, instead becoming more subdued, serene and organic in their colors and construction. His portrayal of female figures in his art has evolved significantly in terms of their innate realism. They appear more mature, as the artist and subsequently we are made to focus less on their outer appearance and more on their inner light, through which they derive their strength and poise. He evokes this through establishing a quality of transparency in their appearance, as though they can be seen through, mirroring their ability or struggle to be able to see through the veil of life with their third eye. This inner light or third eye, rather than our physical vision or senses, is a vision of sentiments and spirituality that allows us to see what is concealed to the uninitiated due to our fears, inhibitions, preconceived notions and societal constraints. The enlightenment that we attain from realizing our third eye allows us to truly appreciate the beauty of life like nothing else.

 
 
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