A Sculptor is a passionate person; his passion is shapes and forms of anything,of everything.
It is the perception of his space transforming stone into new discoveries.
It is intelligence, a tangible proof of how spectacular is the world we live in.
It is the shadow of the divine perfection, a spiritual experience, reflecting the era in which the artist lives, a continuum of our existence.
Dr. El Hourany is an artist, musician, sculptor, architect (DES ALBA) and urban planner (MS LU).
He holds a (PhD) after his doctoral research treating the problematic of the parametric design in the age of cybernetics, at the MIT in cotutelle with the UQAM .
He is also titular of two bachelors in philosophy (BA LU) and musicology (BA McGill).
Since 1999, Dr. Hourany has been working on several architectural and urban planning projects in Lebanon and abroad.
He teaches and lectures in different research institutes and universities (Canada, USA and Lebanon).
«Using morphing and mutation tactics, my sculptures are not pretending to be a particular innovative aesthetic. It looks much more at the overall interplay between the initial idea/sketch and the used wood or material. In its abundance making, a procedural experimentation is the origin of the unpredictable forms. As such, experimentation in sculpture has nothing to do with neither composition nor style. In whichever creation process, it has to do with no‐finality, with the perpetual path to another form; it provokes what comes after, what appears, and what will be seen. It can spontaneously absorb additions, subtractions, and technical modifications, without disturbing its essential order. » Dr. Hourany for selectionsarts.com
«Les paradigmes de recherches contemporaines exigent des « méthodologies de recherche » variées. En matière d’architecture et d’urbanisme, l’heuristique – la systémique et la phénoménologie constituent les pistes principales. Pour des cas très particuliers, la théorie critique, et l’herméneutique s’ajoutent aux précédentes. Durant mon processus de recherches doctorales [2006-2010], j’ai adopté l’heuristique allant de pair avec la systémique. Sans qu’il soit une fin en tant que tel, le résultat graphique de ce processus de recherche a généré un système cartographique inextricable qui m’a servi d’outil principal de travail. Ça aurait été impossible de finaliser ma thèse sans ces cartographies. Un apport que mes superviseurs ainsi que l’administration des études doctorales ont singulièrement apprécié et l’ont classé dans le synopsis officiel des outils de recherche. Un de ces dépliants couronne la page principal du site du « Doctorat en Etudes et Pratiques des Arts » de l’UQAM. « Mind Maps » sera peut-être la nomenclature technique conventionnelle à ce genre de cartographies méthodologiques.» Dr. Hourany for archileb.com
How did you choose to become an artist?
I didn’t choose to be an artist; it happened.
Your Role models (any field)?
What are the important turning points in your life?
The most important turning point was my PhD defense day.
What are your favorites?
Taste : sugar
Scent : books
Feel : wood
Scene : sci-fi
Sound : the harmonica
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My 2 girls
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is your favorite occupation?
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is your ultimate dislike?
Medicine & army officers
What you wish for all the time?
New artist’s discoveries
What do you expect from the future?
What is your favorite daily wear attire?
What things in life are still mysteries to you?
What was the last gift you gave someone?
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
To discover that all my efforts to influence my girls are useless
What is your biggest fear?
Not to have a boy
What would be your super power?
To keep it simple
What would be a good theme song for your life?
What would you name your boat if you had one?
What is the best/worst purchase you’ve ever made?
My favorite purchase is books
What inspires you?
Forms & shapes
What is your advice for your younger self?
Art is life
You pick Freedom or Security?
What will be your advice for a fulfilled, significant and happy life?
Culture in art
Fill the blank
· Close friends describe me as different
· Strangers describe me as arrogant
· Only I know that I am a passionate
· My last meal would be knéfé and I will eat it with extra sugar syrup
· The movie that I have seen the most times is a beautiful mind
· I think I am really good at drawing
· I think I am really bad at sports
· I feel the most comfortable when I am sculpting
· The animal I will compare myself to is the ant
· I can sum up my life in this sentence: “the others speak, I work.”