Monday, March 12, 2012

Faisal Abdu'Allah at CAAM

Faisal Abdu'Allah, Donald Farnsworth, and Barbaro Martínez-Ruiz (foreground) with The Last Supper I, a 2010 tapestry by Abdu'Allah published by Magnolia Editions, at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM)

Magnolia Editions' own Donald and Era Farnsworth recently traveled to the Canary Islands to preview an exhibition by Faisal Abdu'Allah which included several works created at and published by Magnolia.

Era Farnsworth and Faisal Abdu'Allah at CAAM

The exhibition, a retrospective of Abdu'Allah's work entitled "The Art of Dislocation," can be seen at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Gran Canaria until May 27, 2012.

Interior of CAAM with works by Faisal Abdu'Allah; all installation photos by Donald and Era Farnsworth

Installation view of Abdu'Allah's I Wanna Kill Sam 'Cause He Ain't My Motherfucking Uncle, a series of prints on aluminum panel created at and published by Magnolia Editions, at CAAM

The London-based artist was introduced to Magnolia by Barbaro Martínez-Ruiz and Enrique Chagoya, both professors at Stanford University's art department.

Abdu'Allah, whose work often uses cannily staged portraits to confront accepted notions of criminality and heroism, is also a lecturer at the University of East London and a visiting professor at both Stanford and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

CAAM director Omar-Pascual Castillo with Abdu'Allah and two BBC journalists in front of Abdu'Allah's Adeve, a carbon black pigment print on long panels of backlit film, printed at Magnolia Editions

Abdu'Allah and Martínez-Ruiz reminisce with Castillo, who has known Martínez-Ruiz since their childhood days in Cuba

An early adopter of digital media, Abdu'Allah has spent several intensely prolific sessions at Magnolia, using the studio's high-tech tools and the expertise of Donald Farnsworth to translate images from photographic media (in some cases, low resolution images made with some of the earliest available versions of Adobe Photoshop) into blisteringly high-impact prints and tapestries.

Abdu'Allah outside of CAAM

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Please contact Magnolia for pricing and availability of Abdu'Allah's editions, or visit Magnolia's website for more work from Faisal Abdu'Allah.

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