Seven Times by Idris Khan is a sculptural installation that consists of 144 sandblasted steel cubes arranged in a grid, 49 of which are displayed in the Corner Space of Galerie Thomas Schulte.
In his installation the artist uses the principles of minimal art to combine them with an aesthetic symbolism borrowed from the Islamic religion in order to investigate opposing notions of repetition. While minimalism sees repetition as a performative process of neutralization and abstraction, in Seven Times this concept is juxtaposed by repetition as ritual, which in the context of religion creates identity and meaning.Idris Khan, SEVEN TIMES, 2010 (DETAIL). 144 SANDBLASTED OIL-SEALED BLUE STEEL CUBES EACH 32 X 28 X 34 CM / 12.6 X 11 X 13.4 IN. PHOTO: STEPHEN WHITE