Hajj to Ground Zero
A painting of simple design, execution and message.
"This painting was initially inspired by my study of artist Kazimir Melevich, the Russian Suprematist, who championed the use of geometric shapes to create the illusion of three dimensional space. His Black Square was seen as a major landmark in the history of abstract art.
I have been in awe of the symbolic power attached to the Black Square and the parallel with design of the Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque) surrounds the Kaaba, the cloth-covered cubic structure that’s Islam’s most sacred shrine. The cube and the square are dynamic forms and shapes which I have been fascinated with for many years culminating in the use of square canvases for most of my creative output in recent years.
Following the tragic event of 9/11 I noticed the profound similarities between the shape of the Masjid al-Haram and the Ground Zero Memorial when viewed from above. One is white in colour, the other black. One appears as a positive structure (the cube), the other appears as a negative structure (the abyss). The sentiments behind the structures are as profoundly different as their relative appearance but their purpose as places of homage to act out ceremonies and commemorations are the same.
I am a great believer in the commonalities of races, creeds and religions than any differences and I hope that this artwork promotes the idea.
Neil McBride, 2020.
Original acrylic painting on canvas, unframed.
Painting size: 61 x 61 x 4cm
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