Mohamad Kanaan, Beirut, 1989.
Artist Statement: In Kanaan’s practice, art is an extension of architecture. Architects insert series of objects into a certain context to which they adapt as they alter its composition. There is give and take. Concerns surrounding scale, anatomy, identity, anxiety, and loss traverse his work. Through text and functional sculpture in particular, he plays with these themes in an autobiographical frame. Kanaan’s work consists of little feelings, compartmentalized affects, and repressed emotions. Poetics guide his approach to furniture and architectural forms; maintaining a romantic and tragic anticipation of the bodies that will interact with the work. There is always translation, expression,implication, or repression. His text work and poetry address syntax and love, exploring how spatial relationships affect them.