September 4 - October 9, 2008
DIANA AL-HADID: REVERSE COLLIDER
In Diana Al-Hadid’s first large scale solo show, four sculptures made in the past year (including one large-scale wall piece) were exhibited along with drawings and studies built up from this body of work. Al-Hadid has created an integrated installation for her first major solo show in New York. Largely inspired by the story of the Tower of Babel and the architecture of labyrinths, Al-Hadid sites these references as prime examples of a hypothetical archetypal architecture that is the essence of sculptural space. For her, the labyrinth is a tangible map that unfolds, architecture of continual movement without chambers promoting a passage or meditation. Al-Hadid’s Reverse Collider represents a modern day Babel of sorts–an attempt to bridge the ancient connection and today’s research in order to examine the collapse or decomposition of Western notions of progress, perfection, and stability.