Galerist proudly presents ‘Why depend on space and time’ the first solo exhibition in Turkey
by leading British artist Shezad Dawood.
Dawood's work explores the multiple possibilities engendered by the play between cultures,
histories and fictions and the deconstruction of the notion of authorship. Working through film,
neon and painting, he juxtaposes discrete systems of image, language and narratives to
reveal and create, actual and imagined moments of congruence, synergy and intensity. In
recent years, Dawood has been especially interested in mapping conceptual coordinates
derived from the worlds of science fiction and the occult onto the wider world.
‘Why depend on space and time’ comprises two film works and a related body of large neon
and small textile works. The exhibition is conceptualized as a series of quantum
configurations, that is to say a series of obliquely connected points, each of which manifest a
related but unique coming-together of concept and matter, form and colour. Different lines of
connection can be traced between these points: one path is aesthetic, linking the geometric
patterns and colours that occur in the short film 7669 to the reconfiguration and reappearance
of those forms in the series of drawings on textile fragments, to the complex neon works, that
themselves play on the 1980’s high-point of urban, neon alchemy. All of which, in turn, map
the contours of digitally-rendered 3-D modeling – in the digital animation I’m so in, I see Ravel
– revealing the continuum between the analogue use of pattern and the digital artifact that
runs behind the exhibition. Another narratively driven path reveals the works’ common
engagement with the themes of dream and trance-like states and their relation to the
proposed existence of an underlying world of hidden knowledge, a longstanding line of
enquiry of Dawood’s that touches on the Platonic, Gnostic and Sufi traditions.