Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking

Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne
White Shadow

Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne. White Shadow. 2005

(Shirazeh Houshiary b. 1955 in Shiraz, Iran, lives and works in London; Pip Horne b. 1951 in Birmingham, England, lives and works in London) Anodized aluminum, height: 13’ 1” (398.7 cm). Courtesy Lisson Gallery, London and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York. © Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Sharizeh Houshiary made White Shadow in collaboration with the architect Pip Horne especially for this exhibition. It’s a deeply spiritual work that deals with the continuum between presence and absence.

SHARIZEH HOUSHIARY: This tower is made out of white anodized aluminum bricks, and the bricks are open, so that you can see right through them, creating web-like structure.

The tower is not divided from the space around it, but it's an extension of it. The inside and outside are not separate, but continuously linked. The poetry of the work is in its ambiguity, and the perforated surface of the work removes the idea of fixed form, and it plays with light and space. At times, the light appears as shadow, and at other times, the shadow appears as light. And its form is constantly in a state of flux. So that the eye cannot fix its gaze on its surface.

The spiraling form of this sculpture recalls the genetic double helix that is the basis of life.

SHARIZEH HOUSHIARY: When we did this tower, we were not really conscious of the geometry of the DNA. The double helix is something that you only discover once you walk around it. It's not immediately apparent. But it is very powerful.

What is fascinating about the White Shadow is the absence of mass, and presence of shadow. It is the contradiction in this work which points the way our universe is constructed.

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