LA><ART PROJECT SPACE
Sherin Guirguis: Qasr El-Shoaq
LA><ART is also pleased to present a new site-specific sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Sherin Guirguis.
Guirguisʼ work references various contradictory elements, both formal and social. Having been aised in Cairo and now living in Los Angeles, Guirguisʼ project investigates the frictions between the contemporary and the traditional, the reductive and the ornamental. In LA><ARTʼs Project Space, Guirguisʼ Qasr El-Shoaq, inspired in part by a pair of Bedouin earrings, engages both formal and social concerns by juxtaposing the reductive Western language of minimalist aesthetics with that of Eastern Arabic ornamentation. Titled after the second novel in Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy, Guirguis' sculpture pairs architectural references of a specific Egyptian locale with the functional logic of one of its components--the ashrabeya. These wooden screens used for windows, while operating as a passageway between interior and exterior spaces, also delineate and distinctly separate these two domains. Like the mashrabeyas, Guirguisʼ sculpture bifurcates the space of the gallery, generating a threshold between the public and the private, the flat and the 3-dimensional. Materially bold yet fragilely kinetic, Qasr El-Shoaq expands Guirguisʼ navigation between two distinct worlds by giving shape to culturally divergent and opposing elements; bringing formal and informal dichotomies in contact with viewers and with each other.
Sherin Guirguis was born in Luxor, Egypt in 1974. She received her BA from the University of alifornia, Santa Barbara in 1997 and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica; BANK, Los Angeles; Project Flower Shop, Brooklyn and POST, Los Angeles. Selected Group shows include Quickening, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tuscan; The Dreams Stuff is Made Of, ArtFrankfurt, Germany and Las Vegas Diaspora, curated by Dave Hickey at the Las Vegas Art Museum. Her work has been reviewed in the LA Times, Flash Art, Artforum and Artweek, among other publications. In addition to her own work, Guirguis has also curated several exhibitions featuring emerging artists in California. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.