The Flying Poet
The Flying Poet, a debut solo exhibition of Egypt-born artist Ahmed Morsi.
Drawing on his memories of his upbringing, Ahmed Morsi employs a series of surrealist motifs that take a dip in the metaphysical. The works in this exhibition span Morsi's oeuvre from the 1960's till the present moment - a time period reflecting the artists residence in New York City. Having grown up in Alexandria, Egypt, the artist was exposed to a cosmopolitan culture and visions of a fictive, invented Alexandria run through most of Morsi's work. His practice offers a powerful and mystical meditation on remembrance and the passage of time.
In his essay on the artist, poet and art critic Jonathan Goodman notes, "Despite his implied preoccupation with the distant past, Morsi had to discover an imagery that would allow the spirit of his time to enter his art. In that sense, the dolorous atmosphere of his works must be considered a nod to contemporary problems and life. It is the tension between the artist's longing for another kind of time and his resigned acceptance of the present that gives his art it's poignancy and great depth."