exhibitions
PAUL BOOKER: Myriad • SIMEEN FARHAT: Masnavi
January 8, 2010 - February 6, 2010

The two inaugural Houston solo exhibitions by Texas-based artists Paul Booker and Simeen Farhat independently deal with the complexities of visual and textual language within themes of nature and cultural identity.
 
Myriad features a series of intricate sculptures by Paul Booker that explore underlying patterns found within nature. Booker transcribes these sequences into loosely written text, which he slowly deconstructs by deleting recognizable words resulting in a series of abstract forms that become the sculptures' blueprint.
 
Masnavi (small poem in Urdu) features a series of text-based sculptures by Simeen Farhat, which explore the relationship between cultural heritage and language. Calligraphic shapes carved out of wood are appropriated from the deconstructed writings of poets of the Urdu language, notably Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib, who embraced controversial themes of freedom and speech. Tones of white, black and sepia play with the viewer’s perspective fading in and out of the gallery walls, creating extraordinary mirages of form while the interactive speech bubbles project a variety of elaborate shadows.

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