David M. Abir sculpts light and sound in large-scale, self-contained environments, creating work that oscillates between the physical and the spiritual. Entering one of his sculptures is cathartic - there is no end or beginning, just now. Tekrar Level Four, on view at PULSE Miami from December 3 through 6, 2009, is a walk-in sculpture where collaged classical music and defused light combine to generate a timeless, visceral response. Tekrar is a Farsi word meaning repetition - this partly refers to the artist’s ongoing process of collage and manipulation as well as the recurrent nature of meditation and life cycles.The idiosyncratic architectural space of Tekrar Level Four is designed to emulate the anatomical structure of the human ear. The sound consists of a composition built from a selection of musical phrases, which are developed and played in continuous variations and repeated at random.
David Marcus Abir is an Iranian-American sculptor. The first iteration of Tekrar was commissioned in 2005 for a group show in San Sebastian, curated by Octavia Zaya. The sculpture was then further refined in 2007 when exhibited at the Aldridge Museum of Contemporary Art. Tekrar Level Four (2009) represents the final form of the piece. In addition to his own work, David has also produced music and sound installations in collaboration with several artists, including Doug Aitken, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat, and Shahzia Sikandir.
Greatest inspirations/influences? Beethoven, Anish Kapoor, traditional persian music, the gradient colours of the sky, and the roden crater. Favorite sites? Mathew Barney's cremaster and drawing restraint sites: they are immersive, and among the best virtual representations of an artist's work and process. the experience is as visceral as the artwork itself. You tube: is an incredible resource, like wikipedia for media. Dream project? I'm doing it Challenges? Patience, It can take years from the conception of the work to its fabrication. the sculptures are both labour and system intensive installations, and it's very easy to get overwhelmed by the process.
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