Entangled – wood, electric wires, pvc pipes, canvas, metallic paint, 34x16x15in 2019
Cascading Facades No.1 & No.2 – 72x42x42in, wood, aluminum, paint & resin, 2018
“Urbanism” is a purely abstraction sculpture which will intuitively generate a structural relationship of light and space by working with ordinary daily materials. The multi-colored sculpture represents the multiculturalism of both South Florida as well as the visitors who come. As beautiful as each individual piece and person is, the sculpture shows that together the whole together is even more beautiful than the individual pieces.
Florida’s beautiful sunlight plays a major role when viewing the sculpture and will give different impressions during daylight, twilight and evening light. The aluminum material will reflect the light and help to define and control as well as give new ways of seeing the sculpture from different angles at different times of day.
The sculpture works with entangled architectural materials and ordinary modern household objects and shapes. Visitors will be invited to walk around the sculpture. What one sees when viewed from different angles will see different shapes and become part of the viewer’s experience.
The structure of the sculpture is based on repeated geometric shapes in different sizes, juxtaposed and tumbling towards the base. The sculptures are inspired by bare building frameworks of skeleton-like apartment buildings, a depiction of the falling facades, windows, doors, balconies, railings and debris that make it almost intact despite the collapsed structures.
The creator, Tony Khawam, is a Syrian-American visual artist. The subject of his recent work was influenced by complex social and cultural differences that impact ordinary people in urban settings. The human figure along with geometric and organic shapes are evident in his recent paintings and sculptures.
Mr. Khawam’s work showcases, and his proposed project seeks to construct a vision of contemporary techniques and styles in both paintings and sculptures. His painting technique incorporates spontaneity and the rapid execution of expressionist strokes to capture the essence of the urban scene in a semi-abstraction style that utilizes forms, lines, and colors to suggest movements that evoke beauty, anger, happiness and spirituality.
The sculpture prototype is a human-sized structure constructed of wood, screws, aluminum paint, electric wires, twisted rods, plastic tubes and pvc pipes. Currently Mr. Khawam is planning on construct a 14 foot tall sculpture using manufactured rectangular tube aluminum, twisted rods, plastic tubes and pvc pipes.