LOS ANGELES, CA.-
Sculptor Diana Al-Hadid constructs baroque architectural forms such as towers, labyrinths, and pipe organs that appear to be in a state of ruin. Using materials such as cardboard, plywood, plaster, and resin, Al-Hadids sculptures are informed by an array of influences, both eastern and westernancient Biblical and mythological narratives, Arabic oral traditions, Gothic architecture, iconic western painting, Islamic ornamentation, and scientific advances in physics and astronomy. For her first solo museum exhibition, Al-Hadid will be making a new piece inspired by the Islamic astronomer and inventor Al Jazaris famous water clock built in 1206 and Early Netherlandish Renaissance Paintings.
Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981, raised primarily in the United States, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She received a BFA in sculpture and a BA in Art History from Kent State University (2003), a MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2005), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2007). Al-Hadids work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; and Visual Arts Gallery, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN. Her work has been included in thematic exhibitions including Unveiled: New Art From the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London; Disorientation II: The Rise and Fall of Arab Cities, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; New Weather, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; In the Between, Tabanlioglu Architects, Istanbul, Turkey; and the Sharjah Biennial 9, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Hammer Projects: Diana Al Hadid is her first one-person museum exhibition.
This exhibition is organized by Anne Ellegood, Hammer