Past Exhibition / Golnaz Fathi
September 21 - October 19, 2006
Golnaz Fathi's newest works are inspired by the late, great Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani and incorporated into an installation for her second solo exhibition at the gallery. Fathi returns with her signature style of incomprehensible calligraphic text masquerading across large canvases as language. However, whereas last time areas of bright red, blue and yellow jostled for centre stage with the scatterbrain script, simple black and white now dominate the odd blot of scarlet.
The show's focal point is the Qabbani room; an enclosed homage to the contemporary poet and his prolific legacy celebrating Arab womanhood through unique and sensual verse. The space specially created for The Third Line is enveloped in stimuli, from the rose petals underfoot to an imposing tricolour painting echoing the Syrian flag to a blank canvas whose lettering has tumbled to the floor. Fathi's talent is in expression through interpretation. Where there are no words, there is meaning through form and palette. She won't spell it out. Literally.