Vashti Ali

  • Monia Ben Hamouda, Aniconism as Figurative Urgency (Thalaathah), 2021, laser cut steel, spice powders, 70 × 36 1/2".
    picks October 13, 2021

    Monia Ben Hamouda

    For “Night of Hinnā,” her first solo show at Chertlüdde’s Bungalow space, Italian Tunisian artist Monia Ben Hamouda draws on her hybrid background to gently subvert modes of representation in different cultural and religious contexts. Situated between figuration and abstraction but tinged with the postdigital melding of high-tech and high-touch, Ben Hamouda’s series “Aniconism as Figurative Urgency” (all works 2021) suspends three laser-cut steel sculptures from the ceiling so that they hover just above the ground. As the series’s title suggests, the works explore aniconism, which in Islamic

  • Justine Neuberger, Our Path—Darkenu, 2020, oil on canvas, 34 x 35 3/4".
    picks May 11, 2021

    Justine Neuberger

    “Firmament of Time,” Justine Neuberger’s first solo show in Italy, takes its title from a book by Loren Eiseley, a twentieth-century American anthropologist who privileged a contemplative approach in his writings about the natural world. In six small-format oil paintings (all works 2020), Neuberger recasts her own surroundings as a dreamlike realm in which perspectives morph and narratives meld. Boasting a palette dominated by yellow, blue, violet, and pink, the canvases abound with rich symbolism and references ranging from the Renaissance to vernacular art. For example, in Our Path—Darkenu,