charcoal, acrylic and pastel on paper
81 1/8” x 59 13/16 “
Museum Purchase with funds provided by The Contemporaries
|Guernica, Pablo Picasso, 1937|
|"Rabble," from Disasters of War, 1810-1820, Francisco de Goya|
|"Heroic Feat! With Dead men!" from Disasters of War, 1810-1820,|
Francisco de Goya
|"horsehead" detail, bottom right|
|Philip Guston, work on paper|
|Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled, 2009.|
Columbus Museum of Art. See citation, above.
Untitled is a figurative drawing, as I see it, with figures composed of flesh and props, and a collection of dismembered body parts. The wooden poles support a modeled torso of gray flesh with one flesh arm (the left one) that ends in torn muscle. The right arm is only the charcoal sketch of some mechanism, ending in its own blurred fade-out. Where a head and face should be are grotesque replacements—cartoon eyes, a hole "eye," a hose "trunk," perhaps as a nose? A pink "neck" lolls off like a penis-head. A red beret covered with eyes is an exposed brain? Many pieces here, and throughout the piece suggest body parts without either being them or not being them. From blood vessel emerges, as from flesh. From the other, not only a blood vessel, but the electrical cables of a transmission tower. Behind and between those poles wave two gray lungs. Or are they segments broken from a boulder to their right?