Saad Qureshi: Other Crescents Other Moons

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Saad Qureshi: Other Crescents Other Moons
Gazelli Art House
Persistence of Memory M2

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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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...