PANTEA KARIMI: cube is NOT geometric

OCTOBER 21st, 2022 – NOVEMBER  26th, 2022

Pantea Karimi grew up perceiving the cube as a complex “distorted” object, better defined by culture and religion than geometry. In cube is NOT geometric, by utilizing video, animation, wall drawing, and sculpture, Karimi investigates the cube relevant to her personal experiences, past and present, in three contexts: political, religious, and playful. Her cube is consciously and conscientiously not geometric. These works are inspired by Sol LeWitt’s geometrical wall drawings, prints, and 3-dimensional work. In particular, Karimi is inspired by LeWitt’s Distorted Cubes wall drawings that borrow Islamic geometric motifs such as the eight-pointed star, which were used in historic religious architecture in Iran.

Pantea Karimi, cube is Not geometric Photos by Patricia M. Brace at Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, MASS MoCA, 2022

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Pantea Karimi



PANTEA KARIMI is an Iranian American multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and educator based in San Jose, California. Her work explores the intersection of science, art, and history through investigating documents, scientific manuscripts, and historic objects at libraries and archives around the world. Taking her cue from her research, and Iran’s historic art and visual culture, Karimi’s work highlights political and societal issues and personal narratives, and tackles issues of representation and dissemination of scientific, artistic, and intellectual heritage. She employs virtual reality (VR), performative video, sound, drawing, and traditional and digital print in her work. Karimi has exhibited internationally across a range of solo, group, and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She is the recipient of a 2022 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, 2022 Mass MoCA Residency Award, 2021 University of California San Francisco Library Artist in Residence Award, 2020 City of San Jose’s Public Art Program Award, 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant, and the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award, among others.