Saad Qureshi: Other Crescents Other Moons

Gazelli Art House
Persistence of Memory M2
Free

Saad Qureshi's dark wooden sculptures of tiny landscapes and imagined ruins are pretty, yet could also be described as a bit vacant. The centrepiece of this exhibition is a large tubular curl of charred wood and cement that looks like an abandoned space outpost from a sci-fi movie. With remnants of life such as pylons and little homesteads scattered on its surface, it seems to suggest a Mobius strip or a reference to ancient lore about a flat Earth.

Qureshi (who featured in the 2009 TV series 'School of Saatchi') also squashes models of dreamed-up lands into the drawers of reclaimed desks. Mounted on long, thin legs with wheels, these forms have a certain elegance, yet the artist's attempt to evoke poetic thoughts of compartmentalised or 'shelved' memories, through the visual pun of a wooden drawer, is rather obvious.

Other works include Qureshi's self-titled 'mindscapes' – sketches of fantastical architectural structures mounted in hinged glass frames that flip out from the gallery wall. Overall, there's an Eastern influence and a general monochrome look, but it's difficult to see what else might be driving the creation of these works.

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Marco

Gosh... two stars for an Artist and (4 o 5?) for that shitty Rain Room... The exibithion of Saad Qureshi isn't big but still good...