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The sculptural works of Simone Fattal, it's been noted, evoke the primeval.Curated by SAF director Hoor Al Qasimi, the show is an elegant precis of Fattal's oeuvre and its relationship to the region that's been its crucible.Approaching Building F, the show's two most commanding pieces, both from the artist's "Warrior" series of sculptures from 2006, stand in the small garden outside the space.The artist consistently selects the same features for each work – as if the series were a formal distillation of a warrior's function.Fattal's clay works are the backbone of her SAF exhibition.In addition to the "Warriors," a third, smaller piece resides inside the gallery, the show includes such well-known works as "The 99 Names," 2012 – seven large clay balls upon which have been scrawled the 99 Arabic names of god. Stepping away from sculpture and back toward painting, Fattal's first form, is a series consisting of lava stone tiles painted with Arabic inscriptions.The show's paintings and collages provide a counterpoint to Fattal's stone and clay works."Simone Fattal" is up at SAF Art Spaces, Building F, through June 12 .
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