Artist eL Seed debuts his first solo exhibition in the Middle East
A residency project at Tashkeel titled 'Declaration'
Renowned for his spray paint murals, street artist eL Seed uses traditional Arabic calligraphy represented as graffiti to express his creative visions. For a new residency project with Tashkeel, eL Seed has moved away from his signature bricks-and-mortar canvas and unveiled a collection of monumental 3D sculptures for his first debut solo show in the region.
Created over the course of his residency at Tashkeel and presented in collaboration with the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, eL Seed was inspired by a Nizar Qabbani poem. The poet describes the beauty of his lover despite her age and eL Seed used this poem as the basis of his new body of work, titled 'Declaration' – publicly declaring his love for the ancient art of calligraphy.
The artist's first solo exhibition in the Middle East features impressive large scale sculptures that weave through the walls and floors, spilling beyond the confines of the gallery. Each stroke of a letter and word seeks to build an affinity with the spectator and invites them to be part of the conversation – a conversation between the poem, the language, the form and eL Seed.
"These new works are an approach to have the viewer more involved with the piece, and move away from being a spectator. Jean Cocteau said 'There is no love. There are only proofs of love' and bringing my art into 3D was a way to allow it to materialize. The work is still tied to my instinctive visual language, but by releasing the letter forms I've discovered new territories for expression that celebrate and elaborate my deep respect and love for this art," said eL Seed.
Declaration by eL Seed will exhibit at Tashkeel from November 20 – December 27