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Naji
The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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Naji

NAJI

The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France
July 8 – July 28, 2016
Reception: Thursday, July 14, 2016 6-8 PM

The sophisticated abstracts of Naji offer mystery within aesthetic restraints. Naji paints acrylic works that are representative to an extent, but pared down to abstraction. He depicts shadows on walls and light coming through windows, as well as the small elements of architecture that often go overlooked: beams, fence posts, the corner where two walls meet. Much of the imagery is indirectly industrial, showing up as blocky chunks of color with sharp edges. His world is a man-made one, though no figures ever appear. 

Within this world, only a few colors are present at a time. Each canvas contains black, white, and maybe one or two primary colors. The lines are bold, but the shapes are few. Compositions are simple and rely on interesting graphic interplay. But Naji's themes are as broad as his technique is refined; he describes them, simply, as "indignation, hope, and joy."

Naji was born in Jendouba, Tunisia and today lives in La Foret-Fouesnant, France. He has exhibited throughout France and maintains a permanent exhibition in his hometown.