Shezad Dawood | Cosmic Beach | Galerie Gabriel Rolt | 26 May - 23 June 2012
He had headed north instead, into a land of sandstone formations, carved by the wind and sand - a camel, a tortoise, Cambodian temples…ancient ruined cities under a purple sky…. Kim found an arrowhead six inches long, chipped from obsidian and a smaller arrowhead of rose-coloured flint.
Slabs of stone had been criss-crossed to form an altar. Homo sapiens was here.
- William S. Burroughs': 'The Place of Dead Roads', Fourth Estate, London, 1983
Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to announce Cosmic Beach, the second solo-exhibition in the gallery by London-based artist Shezad Dawood.Syncretism is the combining of different (often contradictory) beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought, especially in the theology and mythology of religion. This idea of the mythology of myth, like a hall of mirrors that reflects back truth through its multiple angles, is the framework for Cosmic Beach.
Typical of the artist's juxtapositions, the opening point of the show is the early and rarely-seen video work 'Conversations with the Desert, 2005', which sees the artist performing a set of rituals, face-to-face with the vast emptiness of the desert in Sindh, Pakistan. These rituals were timed to coincide with the vernal equinox in 2005, which saw a particularly unusual convergence of star systems linking Egypt and Mexico.
The Secret Power of the Pyramids reveals the specific inter-relationship of the various pyramid structures built at key sacred locations on Earth by the Atlanteans, several millennia before the invention of the Common Era of Abraham and his daughters. These structures acted as orgone generators and accumulators of raw power, a fact that has been long forgotten as they have been left to ruin. Only in the late 18th Century did an occult society of academics and collectors start to put the beginnings of this theory together, like early man making jigsaws out of chicken bones. It is towards this secret and hermetic understanding that the works in Cosmic Beach move