Sphere Studies and Subterranean Bounce

Sphere Studies and Subterranean Bounce

Nour Mobarak

Recital, 2021
Paperback, perfect bound, 6x6 in.
102 pp., 42 color illustrations
Texts by Eli Diner and Nour Mobarak
Glass-mastered CD
6 x 1 in. acrylic and vinyl bookmark with unique turkey tail mushroom
Special edition of 20, signed and numbered

  1. Subterranean Bounce (Stereo) – 31:22
  2. Subterranean Bounce (On Site) – 10:04

Nour Mobarak’s Sphere Studies and Subterranean Bounce is the catalog for her sculpture and audio installation, which adorned the steep hillside of Los Angeles’ Hakuna Matata sculpture garden in the Fall of 2020.

Eli Diner’s press release reads: "Up on the hill, Mobarak presents two related bodies of work. The six Sphere Studies are part of her ongoing examination of the material and metaphoric possibilities of mycelium. Growing through a substrate in a rhizomatic system of hyphae, mycelium has its own kind of intelligence, one that opens the possibility of personal relationship. As a material it is versatile and malleable; only for those who understand it, however, will it work, assuming the ternary role of material, subject and studio assistant.

Then there is a *five-channel sound installation emanating from the bowels of the earth. Subterranean Bounce is built from recordings of the movements of spheres of various sizes and densities [*a stereo mix is presented on the audio-CD in the back of the book]."

An essay of gentle wit and fantasy by Hakuna Matata’s Eli Diner – along with a selection of Mobarak’s poems – rotate the axis of this highly faceted art book. All enriched by the 40-minute spherical CD. This special edition also includes an acrylic bookmark accented with red vinyl and a unique turkey tail mushroom grown by the artist.

Sean McCann, 2021


Nour Mobarak (b. 1985, Cairo, Egypt) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works  have been shown at KIM? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, 2021), Hakuna Matata Sculpture Garden (Los Angeles, 2020), Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego, 2020), Miguel Abreu Gallery (2019, 2021), Cubitt Gallery (London, 2019), and Rodeo Gallery (London, 2017). Her performances have taken place at the Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego, 2020), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, 2019), LAXART (Los Angeles, 2019), Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York, 2019), Potts Gallery (Los Angeles, 2018), Stadslimeit (Antwerp, 2016), and Cambridge University (Cambridge, 2010), among others. She was invited to the inaugural Field Workshop: Artist in Residence program at the ICA Los Angeles (Spring 2021).

Mobarak's music has been released by Recital (Los Angeles), Cafe Oto’s TakuRoku (London) and Ultra Eczema (Antwerp), and is included in the Whitney Museum Library’s Special Collections. Her poetry and other writing has appeared in Triple Canopy, F.R. David, The Claudius App, and the Salzburg Review, among others.