Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Swell Gallery

Vessels of Infinite Geometries: Murat Adash
Monday, April 2 - Friday, April 6, 2012
Swell Gallery
Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
SFAI Graduate Center
2565 Third Street
San Francisco,

Vessels of Infinite Geometries, a solo exhibition by Murat Adash, is a performance-installation in three acts. Composed of circular light projections and amplified sounds of breathing within an otherwise empty gallery space, the “empty space” will be activated by three performances in relation to the light and sound, on three consecutive days, lasting one hour each.

Performances: April 3 and 4 from 12-1pm, and April 5 from 7-8pm

Vessels of Infinite Geometries invests into ideas about the vessel as something that contains everything inside, as well as outside of itself – form, geometry, space, architecture, the body and the self. These vessels function as container and interface of infinite relations and associations.

Galileo constituted an infinite, open space where things were defined by their extension, a point in their infinitely possible set of trajectories. Galileo’s discoveries made us believe that space is open, dissolved, infinite, and that our normal perception of place is an illusion, a snapshot in time of something that is moving and dissolving and changing. There is only a state of existing in an infinite space. The architect Hans Hollein states that architecture is an idea built into infinite space. The space relevant to architecture is not only the regional space of lived experience but the infinite space of geometry. Into that space architecture casts its geometric figures.

Vessels of Infinite Geometries creates an interiority out of the infinitely open field of space. It creates a space for infinite associations. The three performances that happen within this space become ritual practice: a ritual is an event in which the rhythm of the cosmos is unconcealed. Through ritual we become aware of that rhythm. The rituals stand in relation to the light and sound, which then stand in relation to the space: they try to open the minds to the infinite. They stand for everything in the world.

Vessels of Infinite Geometries invests in questions about how we build our psyche by bringing things within. The act of contemplation reminds us of our own mortality within the infinite structures of the matrix.


Three performances: April 3 and 4 from 12-1pm, and April 5 from 7-8pm

Opening reception: Thursday, April 5 from 7-9pm


The Swell Gallery is a graduate student-run art space dedicated to the examination of the role of the gallery in an educational sphere. The mission of the Swell Gallery is to provide a venue for the exploration and discussion of varying artistic perspectives from the student body, operating as a platform for exhibition, events, and dialogue.