1G Series: Super Solar

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From micro atomic to macro galactic.
In collaboration with Lannie Lê, Business & Life Partner

“The solar circle usually remains unchanged, symbolizing the Absolute, the source of light, warmth and fertility. In its apparently circular movement around the earth, the sun's path or ecliptic is divided into the twelve houses of the zodiac, which has its origins in ancient times. The practitioner of Islamic geometry is aware of the sun and moon, both as the two primary regulators sustaining biological life and as symbols of eternity and revolving cycles. As such, the 'sun circle' is identified as the parent shape for all figures, with the 'moon crescent representing the division of the circle and analytical stages for enabling the construction of an infinite variety of patterns.

In his book Time Stands Still, Keith Critchlow discusses the concept and meaning of the word ‘origin’ related to the sun and moon: “Similarly the word ‘origin’ is grounded in the early word oriri, to rise as the Sun, hence the link with the east, or orient, and orientation: the direction of the new-born light. ‘Lucid’ (clear, accurate). ‘luminous’ and ‘lunar’ come from the same source…” ”

- Thames & Hudson, Arts & Crafts of the Islamic Lands


White and red: Waves represent different latitudes at 10° differences. Lines above horizontal gold line represent more daylight, while below represent less daylight. Latitude lines meet at equinoxes. Starting at the left edge of the Sun represents March 21st, center represents September 22, and the right edge, March 21st again, going through one full calendar year. The first set of extremes represents June 21, where the highest curve is 60° latitude, seeing 18 hours of daylight and the lowest curve is -60° latitude experiencing 5.3 hours of sunlight. The second extreme represents Dec 21st where 60° latittitude is now at its lowest, experiencing 6.6 hours of sunlight, and -60° latitude at its highest experiencing 19.5 hours of daylight. Because of Earth's slight tilt, the wave curves are not identical.

Gold and blue: represent the 12 months of the year.

Little Earths

Four Earths represent both the four seasons as well as the equinoxes and solstices. From the top going clockwise: Spring Equinox (March 20), Right: Summer Solstice (June 21), Autumn Equinox (September 22), and finally Winter Solstice (Dec 21). Earth’s 23.44° axial tilt can be seen more clearly at the two Solstices.

Background Pattern: Lines based on patterns found in The Great Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan (1200 AD).

Twelve points around the dodecagram represent the twelve months of the year. In the center, a circle represents the Sun.

Photo: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

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Vinyl on gatorboard
18" x 18”
1G Series: Super Solar
About the Artist

Khalid ‘Dreams’ Mokhtarzada

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Khalid was smuggled on a camel out of the Soviet–Afghan war zone by his ever courageous young mother. After a few brief stops around the world, he arrived in Canada at the age of three. Khalid’s upbringing was loving and arduous, which forged and honed his philosophy, sensibility, and capability. From his earliest memories to the stories his family loves sharing about him, Khalid has always been inquisitive, artistic, and systematic. 

Born and raised into a Muslim family and culture, at some point young Khalid ventured out to learn about other faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Atheism. This spiritual exploration has led him full circle back to Islam. Inspired by Islamic art, Khalid’s most recent artistic work embodies the universal language of math, geometry, singularity, and infinity.    

Khalid continues his journey on Earth as an explorer, artist, designer, learner, teacher, mentor, leader, adviser, speaker, organizer, and many other hats he wears. Outside of work, Khalid loves being with his rambunctious wife Lan and creative children Philo + Sophie. 

Khalid, also known as Kal, Kalatic, and Kaptain to some, is the founder and CEO of Pixel Dreams.