When looking at Houston-based artist Fariba Abedin’s work, it’s hard not to be transfixed by the vibrant colors that jump out from the canvas. Her large-scale works—grandiose kaleidoscopes featuring her obvious affinity for geometry—are dramatic studies of art-meets-science. In her latest exhibition, On Paper This Time, hanging at Jung Center, the Iranian-born painter continues to dive into her own world of chromatic expression through the uncharted territory of watercolor.
Incorporating a three-dimensional architectural style and emphatic color pairings, Abedin conjures kaleidoscopic designs based on fundamental geometric patterns soothing to the senses, void of visual dissonance. Her influences are based off Persian stylistic elements like Persian calligraphy, geometric abstraction and architectural motifs.
From discussing her work among other art colleagues, Abedin, whose art is shown at Houston City Hall, Houston Fine Art Fair and Texas Contemporary Art Fair, pursued transferring her methodologies to the deceptively simple medium of watercolor paint. Creating variations on past pattern templates, Abedin is able to explore new spectrums of color and texture in old ideas.
In lieu of more challenging mediums, the artistic payoff emerges in the nuances.
“I like to use watercolor because it has a soft velvet-like texture,” Abedin says, describing her newfound process. “The straight lines in my paintings are done free hand, so, there's not much room to make mistakes.” Abedin explains the challenges of her latest work with a sense of grace that make the uphill challenges in her artistic transitions feel more like rewarding learning experiences than grievances to be taken seriously.
For Abedin’s large-scale geometric escapades, the ultimate destination in her work is to reach an idea of peace, as if there lay no room for ego between her entrancing shapes and sources of monochromatic serenity.
Feb 2–28. Free. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-8253. junghouston.org