Saad Qureshi: Other Crescents Other Moons
Until Sat Dec 22 2012
Gazelli Art House
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Wed Nov 14 2012
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.