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Artist Reception for Elias Saifan at the Library
September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Photo by Dave Warner – Artist Elias Saifan cleans one of his brushes after working on a recently completed canvas.
On September 21, from 4-6 PM The Little Falls Public Library will host an art reception for Elias Saifan’s exhibit, entitled “Hyper Hymn”.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Saifan has exhibited his works in Europe, the Middle East, and the States. Originally from Brooklyn, he recently relocated to Little Falls. He owns and operates the Artdoorgallery at 407 Canal Place.
Library Director Anne Nassar recently interviewed Mr. Saifan about his work.
Q. Why is the show called “Hyper Hymn”?
A. Last winter I hibernated for five months and produced a lot of work, I also meditated and contemplated in the silence of my snowed in house and the silent hymns of my empty mind got translated onto canvases with hyper dancing brush strokes in accordance to what music I was listening to, mostly Afro Jazz, Fela Kuti and such…
Q. Has your work changed since your move to Little Falls?
A. Of course my work has changed since I’ve been living in Little Falls, if an artist’s work doesn’t go through changes it means that they’re stuck and limited in their own life and awareness, funny enough it’s that type who gets popular because people get hypnotized by the repetition of the certain style they offer and they succumb to accepting the product as something they identify with!
Q. Many of your paintings feature squares. What do squares symbolize?
A. The square is a prominent geometric shape in architecture and in various aspects of our existence, to me in my series it conveys the compartmentalized way of how to live, how we want to separate, formulate everything and dissect things endlessly, missing the point of the oneness, the singularity rather than the duality of our being.
Q. What is an artist’s role in society?
A. Society needs not to have separate roles for individuals, yes we are individuals in a community but we all play many roles at different stages in our lives as well as at different instances along the path of our personal evolution. “All the world’s a stage, and all men and women are merely players”, they have their exits and entrances, but one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven stages, the first is being the infant puking in the nurse’s arms.
Q. What is the best response you’ve ever gotten to your work?
A. I love my work, it has saved my life many times, when people connect with a given product of art that I’m sharing it makes me feel that I’m being honest in wanting to engage and communicate with all of nature and the whole cosmos.
Q. Name an artist that changed your life?
A. Many things, people and conditions change us constantly since the first day we come to this world, but if I have to mention a person who has shown me how I can change myself, it would be my martial arts master, Shifu Shi Yan Ming.
The reception for “Hyper Hymn” is free and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
“Hyper Hymn” will be on display in the Little Falls Public Library until the end of October.
For more information, call (315) 823-1542 or visit Saifan’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ArtistSaifan/