Ayad Alkadhi’s first solo exhibition in New York City, Umbilical, will be on view at Leila Heller Gallery’s Chelsea location at 568 West 25th Street from February 2 through 25, 2012. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
The new series of recent paintings and works on paper explores Alkadhi’s experiences under the rule of Saddam Hussein, the casualties of war, the Arab Spring, and ultimately confronts immigration and assimilation. Within these broad parameters, the artist weaves personal reflections using sarcasm, humor, anger, sex, and “an honest dose of reality,” Alkadhi notes.
Alkadhi’s paintings, and the process to create them, embody human struggle: each mark on the canvas is an indication of the artist’s presence, his body and his hand, wrestling with his histories, his ghosts, and his materials.