In January 2019, Lazinc will present Tabula Rasa, a solo exhibition of new works by contemporary Tunisian-French artist, eL Seed. The exhibition sees the launch of Lazinc’s 2019 programme and celebrates the gallery’s first year anniversary at 29 Sackville Street.
eL Seed’s first UK exhibition will showcase a range of acrylic on canvas paintings, which incorporate the artist’s signature style: an adaptation of traditional Arabic calligraphy. Within the intricate compositions, he emphasises the curves and loops of the script removing a layer of legibility and adding mystery to the meaning behind the words he chooses.
From the beginning of his practice, eL Seed has consciously used his art as a tool to build bridges between people, cultures and generations. His work is the result of literary and philosophical research and carries direct significance to the place and community within which they are placed. By presenting works, not only in galleries and institutions, but in public spaces, from the streets of Paris and New York, to the favelas of Rio Di Janeiro and the slums of Cape Town, eL Seed brings societies, cultures and generations together.
‘I truly believe that art is a way to open dialogue. I like to think that my artwork can cut through the boundaries that we place between ourselves; whether physical, cultural or linguistic. My exhibition at Lazinc represents a new style of painting, where I am attempting to break down my thought process into layers. It also asks the audience to question the way they think and how much they have been affected by assumption or misconception.’ – eL Seed
Glenn D. Lowry, Director of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has described eL Seed’s recent public mural in Cairo as ‘a metaphor for seeing what had been previously invisible; the dignity and richness of the lives of the Coptic community of Zaraeeb’.
25 January 2018 – 9 March 2019
Lazinc, 29 Sackville Street, Mayfair · London, W1S 3DX