Diana Al-Hadid Ground and Figures
Diana Al-Hadid’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, titled Ground and Figures, presents a combination of various work: three-dimensional paintings, drawings on mylar, sculpture, and a site-specific installation. While continuing her course of inventing visually distinct and compelling work, for which she is well recognized, this exhibition advances several aspects of her practice in scope, scale, and subtle shifts of color palette.
Myriad topics influence Al-Hadid including anatomy, architecture, geology, history, and art history. These separate subjects synthesize and an aberrant aesthetic emerges as a result. Everything in her repository culminates into creating impossibly intricate works, simultaneously ethereal and ragged. Each piece bridges a realm, dimensionality is immeasurable, and matter is not tangible.
Large-scale panels merge image and volume. These lace-like works, formed using an additive process combining polymer gypsum, fiberglass, and plaster, held together by a skeleton of steel, finally manifest as apparitional paintings. On the surface of each piece gold leafing drips along lines and contours, highlighting the collapse of image, and exalting memory against the inevitable passage of time. One of the panels is influenced by a snapshot taken at Piazza San Marco that Al-Hadid captured during her last trip there, when the façade of the cathedral was mostly covered in scaffolding. The bottom of this piece is open, so that the building’s semi-discernable architectural form disintegrates out of the “frame.”
Al-Hadid created an installation specifically for this exhibition, applying a bottomless design, similar to the San Marco piece. This ambitious work drops a 30-foot long “wall” from the ceiling, spanning the width of the gallery space. Combining landscape and portrait imagery from various Old Master paintings, she constructed this to include a sizable egress, irregular and fissured, allowing people to move through the work. Inviting interaction, this installation is the first of its kind, giving the sense of traversing a painting, or passing through a threshold between a distant past and an obscure frontier.
DatesApril 11 - May 16, 2015
Opening ReceptionSaturday, May 11, 6-8pm
Location937 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
All images: Ground and Figures, 2015. Photography by Joshua White