Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stretching Time - In the Studio of Ahmed Alsoudani

details of progress work, untitled, 8’x7’, Charcoal, pastel & acrylic on canvas, 2010

"When we think of violence and visual art, often what comes to mind are scenes documenting brutality and its aftermath in a linear fashion - a shot, a body, a fire, the shell of a structure. Ahmed Alsoudani enters the moment of the inception of destruction - "takes time and freezes it, stretches it, goes around it" - to create a reconstructed narrative with many points of entry, often enticing, open to the viewer. You are looking at a fully developed story that takes place in a millisecond, pulled across time by many simultaneous points of view. His work is built to carry us from every direction to the vortex of his world."

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