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Art is a form of expression and an exchange of cultures and ideas conveyed via an aesthetic experience.
[Art makes people aware of their stream of consciousness. One very important aspect of art is that it makes people aware of what they know and what they don’t know that they know.]

My recent work showcases expressionist paintings vision of Syria’s urban landscapes in its war-torn cities. My primary focus is of my birthplace — the city of Aleppo with urban scenes of collapsed apartment floors, fallen balconies, curved rooftops, debris and punched holes in building facades. My new direction is expressed primarily through the use of accumulative strokes and the manipulation of paint to create an abstract interpretation. My aim is not to focus on the politics of the conflict, but instead to raise awareness in the hope of changing the perception from destruction — of haunting and disturbing scenes to hopeful, colorful neighborhoods that are filled with life. The presence of people is felt without showing human suffering and offer a glimpse of hope for residents to return and rebuild. I use insistently brush strokes lines in all directions that meant to convey my perception of the speed and flux of modern life with the suggestion of movement, and to evoke hidden personages that center on expression rather than representation.

“Urbanism” is a purely abstraction sculpture which will intuitively generate a structural relationship of light and space by working with ordinary daily materials.  The multi-colored sculpture represents the multiculturalism of both South Florida as well as the visitors who come.  As beautiful as each individual piece and person is, the sculpture shows that together the whole together is even more beautiful than the individual pieces.

Florida’s beautiful sunlight plays a major role when viewing the sculpture and will give different impressions during daylight, twilight and evening light. The aluminum material will reflect the light and help to define and control as well as give new ways of seeing the sculpture from different angles at different times of day.

The sculpture works with entangled architectural materials and ordinary modern household objects and shapes.  Visitors will be invited to walk around the sculpture. What one sees when viewed from different angles will see different shapes and become part of the viewer’s experience.

The structure of the sculpture is based on repeated geometric shapes in different sizes, juxtaposed and tumbling towards the base. The sculptures are inspired by bare building frameworks of skeleton-like apartment buildings, a depiction of the falling facades, windows, doors, balconies, railings and debris that make it almost intact despite the collapsed structures.

The creator, Tony Khawam, is a Syrian-American visual artist.  The subject of his recent work was influenced by complex social and cultural differences that impact ordinary people in urban settings. The human figure along with geometric and organic shapes are evident in his recent paintings and sculptures.

Mr. Khawam’s work showcases, and his proposed project seeks to construct a vision of contemporary techniques and styles in both paintings and sculptures. His painting technique incorporates spontaneity and the rapid execution of expressionist strokes to capture the essence of the urban scene in a semi-abstraction style that utilizes forms, lines, and colors to suggest movements that evoke beauty, anger, happiness and spirituality.


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