CRIS WORLEY FINE ARTS // APR01 // 5-8PM
Simeen Farhat
Blood Shot is Blood Loved
April 1 - May 6, 2017
Cris Worley Fine Arts
1845 Levee St. #110, Dallas, TX 75207.
214.745.1415,
Gallery Hours are
Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and by appointment.
www.crisworley.com

Cris Worley Fine Arts is proud to present Blood Shot is Blood Loved, our second solo exhibition with
Simeen Farhat, opening with an artist’s reception on Saturday, April 1st, from 5 to 8 p.m. Blood Shot
is Blood Loved will include a large-scale installation along with various multi-dimensional wall
reliefs. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2017. In her work, Farhat often uses cast resin
and acrylic to make intimately poetic sculptures that engage participants in the act of
deciphering between material form and shadow, much like the process of deriving meaning from
sensory perception; a visual analogue to the brutally nuanced struggle of human communication.
Inspiration for Blood Shot is Blood Loved began with Farhat’s poetic meditations on the dual
nature of one of the most vital elements in the natural world—blood. As the artist writes, “I leave
my traces many times. I can be either hot or cold. People both love and hate me—I scare them
off; but they need me, too. My name is Blood.” In this installation, Farhat re-creates the moment a
large-scale drop of blood hits ground, capturing the reverberating effects released by a
passionate burst of energy. The ardent drop of blood is assembled from abstracted epigraphic
forms, a signature of Farhat’s body of work. The direct metaphor with the liquid materiality of the
human body evokes a realm of ideas inhabited by her previous works: A Teardrop in Disperse
(2015), A Bubble Bursts (2015), and A Red Drop of Blood (2015). By rendering one example of the
un-deniability of the human body, Blood Shot is Blood Loved quietly implicates the dichotomy
between purity of life, and abject realities of violence that suppress human volition, globally.
Mimicking the quality of blood as a provocative substance, the installation invites the viewer to
actively explore the blood droplet as it spills into the gallery space. Simeen Farhat was born in
Karachi, Pakistan. She has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1992, receiving her BFA from Arizona
State University, and her MFA from Texas Christian University. Her work has been exhibited globally
in Austria, France, Germany, India, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK, at the National Art Gallery in
Pakistan, and the Sharjah Museum of Modern Art, among others. Farhat participated in the 2009
Texas Biennial; In 2012 she was an Artist in Residence at the ORYX Foundation in Switzerland; and
in 2015 she was invited to participate in an exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale, In the Eye of
the Thunderstorm: Effervescent Practices from the Arab World. Farhat’s work is represented in the
Crown Prince of UAE’s Abu Dhabi Palace Collection, The U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, The Four
Seasons Hotel in Dubai, and the Peninsula Hotel in Paris.
Blood Shot is Blood Loved ( detail), 2017
site specific; dimensions vary acrylic, resin, monofilament
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