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Photons and Friends

Photons and Friends, 2017 - Haroon Mirza


about this work

This edition is part of School Prints, a series produced by the Hepworth Wakefield, reviving a groundbreaking scheme set up in the 1940s to supply original, high-quality contemporary art to primary schools.

About this edition, Haroon Mirza says: “Everyone is born an artist. That is to say that we all draw from an early age. The act of drawing is both an attempt to understand the world we inhabit and a way of imagining what the world might be. Like artists, theoretical physicists continue this process throughout their adulthood. My print is a homage to that idea and particularly to the work of Garrett Lisi, who created the complex and elegant piece of geometry that aims to map all the known fundamental particles along with possible undiscovered ones. A variation of this pattern is depicted alongside a trompe l’œil image of a photovoltaic panel – a modern device capable of converting photons to energy.”

about Haroon Mirza

°1977, London (UK) – lives and works in London (UK)

The physical and emotive qualities of sound forms the locus of much of Haroon Mirza's work. His compositional practice involves manipulating found objects and audio visual equipment to harness the electro-acoustic interference produced by the items. In his work nothing is hidden but instead the inherent sounds within electronics are amplified and noise is embodied by its connections withinkinetic sculptural works. Mirza pulls these numerous components together in installations and performances where the individual elements are placed in conversation with one another. His sparse compositions force us to consider the categorization of noise and music and what we perceive to be the characteristic properties of these.

By combining things found on the street or in the studio and relating them to specific narratives, Mirza explores 'the socio-cultural history of objects and the contexts in which they originally emerged/developed.' The items that make up his installations are often readymades in the form of furniture, gallery fixtures or artworks by another artist. These works are physical and sonic compositions, aligning — or even 'beatmixing' — references from artistic, scientific and cultural systems.

(courtesy of Zabludowicz Collection)

Haroon Mirza’s solo exhibitions include Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Pivô, São Paulo; Museum Tinguely, Basel; IMMA, Dublin; The Hepworth, Wakefield; and New Museum, New York. His work was included in the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale and the 54th Venice Biennale - where he was awarded the Silver Lion.

Haroon Mirza is represented by the following gallery;
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Lisson Gallery, London / New York 

You can also discover plenty about Haroon Mirza and his work on his own website

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