Karim Noureldin


Karim Noureldin’s medium is the drawing. Centimeter by centimeter his crayons conquer the paper in hatchings full of nuances and subtle colour layers. From his inevitably deliberate work ritual grow striking tectonics built of dynamic lines, rhythmic color areas and referenceless geometric shapes. As a result, it appears like a distant echo of speed and actions and is fundamentally a kind of inner topography. Noureldin’s drawings are intensely detailed yet open up far reaching views. They materialise as space pictures on the drawing paper’s confined surface and claim whole walls as picture spaces. In the carpet draft for NeedKnot, Noureldin’s notion of drawing undergoes another spatial dissolution of boundaries in the form of a floor picture. Giving the end product a slight impression of three-dimensionality poses an enormous challenge for the technical realisation. Especially when taking into account a single colour’s countless nuances that effectively contrast the carpet base. Thus, different processing techniques were used with this carpet by Noureldin; a special accent was put on the woven looping technique of the base that effectively highlights the essence of the actual drawing.

Karim Noureldin was  born 1967 in Zurich and studied art at the University of Art and Design HGKB in Basel, Switzerland. From 1994 on he spent several years in New York, Rome, Cairo and London, and since 2002 he lectures at the renowned University of Art and Design ECAL in Lausanne where he lives and works. Several Swiss and international public institutions have featured his works and his installative projects, such as Kunstmuseum Thun; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain MAMCO, Geneva; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Kunstmuseum Winterthur; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthalle Fri-Art Fribourg; Centre d’Art CAN, Neuchâtel; SI Swiss Institute New York; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Waterside Project Room, London, and L’Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux. Karim Noureldin’s works are very much sought after in an architectural context, and he thus has realised several projects in collaboration with Müller/Sigrist Architects, Zürich; Park Architects, Zürich; Make Architects, London; Raphael Nussbaumer architectes, Geneva, and Herzog & de Meuron, Basel.

Artist: Karim Noureldin
Title: Evo
Material: Wool
Colors: 22 Shades of Color
Size: W 216 x L 310 cm
Edition: 8 + 2 AP