Shezad Dawood, If I Should Fall From Grace with God, 23 November, 7.00 - 9.30pm, London UK
EXHIBITION: Shezad Dawood, If I Should Fall From Grace with God
DATES: 24 November - 20 January 2008
OPENING: 23 November, 7.00 - 9.30pm
VENUE: St. Matthew's Hall, 17 Hereford St (off Cheshire Row), E2
“They tell me that not everything is black and white, I say why the hell not?" John Wayne
“And Hell will be manifest to him who sees.” Qur’an - Surat Al-Nâzi't
In his first major London solo show Shezad Dawood presents a major new series of sculptural works, using neon and tumbleweeds, relating to the Islamic tradition of the '99 Names of God' and alongside a new series of paintings that present a dark, fragmented vision of the American Wild West.
The works attempt to find a point of reconciliation between two seemingly diametrically opposed and yet at present, fatally interwoven, cultural traditions, that of Islamic spiritualism and the myths and values of the American Wild West, especially as articulated in The Western film tradition.
The works propose the formlessness of the desert and the empty wilderness, key elements in both cultures, as a place where such reconciliation may be found.
Opening times 12 - 6 pm, Wednesday – Sunday
Rhiannon Pickles PR
Tel: +44 20 7096 8809 / Cel: +31 6158 21202