A MODERN DESI TALE BY ASIF HOQUE
A world synthesized from Hoque’s life experiences—past, present, and yet to come—set to the backdrop of familiar classical architecture and mythologies. The unorthodox story centers around the journey of two brown-skinned lovers who find their way to one another, guided by mystic spirits that grow alongside their mortal counterparts.
Though the tale follows a seemingly conventional romantic narrative, Hoque’s universe carries a full intentionality to convey the wholeness of each figure, whether it be a lover, or a winged guardian. Each curved and coiffed body at peace — writing a story of self love that paves the way for a procession to harmonious unification.
From deliberate allusions to the flora of Hoque’s home state Florida, an homage to a memorial site in his home country Bangladesh, to the romanesque architecture of his childhood upbringing in Italy; each element that pervades throughout the eerily pristine, ancient site, builds upon the amalgamation of “Lovers Rock” that feels both intimate and foreign, evoking a sense of déjàvu. In this way, Hoque’s idyllic universe simultaneously carries the weight of the unstoppable forces of time. A reminder that our bodies will change, cultures will evolve, people will pass, and the earth will never be the same.
Story by : Sarah Han
MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY
Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists and art advisory services. The gallery represents artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. The gallery program explores the intersection of art and design through an ongoing dialog between two and three-dimensional objects, while embracing diasporic voices. Utilizing the gallery space as a platform for inventive exhibitions, museum visitations, and public lectures, Solomon invites a sense of community and aesthetic enrichment.
Mindy Solomon Gallery and curator Ché Morales [www.abstrkt.world] are pleased to present Asif Hoque’s “Lover’s Rock”, a virtual art experience designed by Hoque and Morales and digitally executed by Adriana Avendano, featuring artworks from Asif Hoque’s first solo presentation with the gallery.
360 VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE