Spoken Glass

Sahra Motalebi

December 14, 2010


Sculpture installation and performance by Sahra Motalebi featuring pianist Jay Israelson.

After the theater is complete, a stage-set is the artifact. Expressionistic tendencies turn alchemical when action hits the situation. The place, the formal affect and the material itself could also be considered operative if one were in need of justification. Nearly under a highway, the scale seems decorative, the appearance is architectural and yet the paper is disintegrating. It’s the crystallization of certain ideas within drawing that make these figures worthwhile. Gestural. Simplified. The painting is iterative, it’s a copy generated from a shadow’s perspective. The details are in song form: ex tempore, 3rds, and how, why, wherefore and when.