The Islamic Art Exhibit Group is hosting the second annual exhibition of Islamic art from bay area artists. The exhibition will feature paintings, photographs and calligraphy from Muslim artists, including adults and children, at numerous venues around the bay area. You can see a gallery of last year’s collection here. The group hopes the event will promote awareness of the natural beauty in the Quran and foster a healthier cross-cultural community. The event is free, although they will be accepting donations.The theme for the adult portion is “The Legacy of the Qur’an: Message of Peace.” Participants are contributing pieces inspired by several verses of the Quran that were selected for the theme.The exhibition also includes child artists from numerous local Islamic Schools. The children’s theme consists of works inspired by the lyrics of “A is for Allah” by Yusuf Islam.
They are still accepting submissions from artists. Be sure to check their eligibility rules and submission form. The last day to submit art is March 12th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 760 Navajo Way, Fremont, CA.
As a participant, I’m trying something more experimental this year. I submitted a series of collages. The goal is chaos. Images and headlines are ripped from their contexts. Blocks of text are cut into pieces, breaking grammar and syntax, and reassembled almost randomly. When I select source material I have a topic in mind, in this case the political turmoil in the Middle East, but I am careful not to direct the message. The result is a soup of the words and images, but with no narrative.As a Muslim I don’t believe that pure chaos exists. So, I see apparent chaos, especially the patterns that emerge, as an opportunity to witness the signs of God. The modern world, especially the information age, is a most pregnant manifestation of dazzling disorder. We are bombarded with it constantly, everyday. The conscious mind seeks out patterns, but much of the impact is more subconscious. I’m trying to strike the viewer there, by presenting something like a subconscious snapshot of the chaos in the mind. Any message the viewer interprets in the composition is as likely to be a projection of their own mind as of mine.
Islamic Cultural Centre of Northern California (ICCNC)
1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA
(downtown Oakland, near Lake Merritt. Private parking available)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA
Muslim Community Association (MCA)
3003 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA
2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, CA
San Ramon Library
100 Montgomery St, San Ramon, CA
400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA
November & December
13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA