FORM bills itself as “an independent, non-profit cultural organisation… that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia.” The nonprofit is headquartered in central Perth, but its associated venues, and its programming, reach far out into the vast state, which includes some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth.
In April, 2016, FORM invited a very unusual graffitist to adorn the rocky headlands of Western Australia’s Great Southern coast with Arabic calligraphy—done in light. The results, captured in photography and video, are on show in FORM’s newest exhibition space.
Tunisian-born Karim Jabbari [see our earlier coverage of him here] does spraycan street art on walls, experimenting with the form and meaning of Arabic writing. But he also uses flashlights to “write” in the air, creating patterns that he captures with time-lapse photography and on video.
As part of its PUBLIC 2016 festival in April–focused on mural-making and street art–FORM invited an international group of artists to Albany, the remote Great Southern region’s main city. While most of the invitees worked on wall pieces in the city, Jabbari, along with Australian collaborators Chad Peacock and Bewley Shaylor, took off for the coast, creating “lightgraff” images: glowing calligraphy, and other forms of light, juxtaposed with ocean, earth, and stone.
On August 4, these images of land and light go on display at The Goods Shed in the Perth suburb of Claremont. The former railway station is FORM’s newest venue, and the show, dubbed The Core, is its inaugural offering, running through August 31.
“My Albany trip was a way for me to explore a remote part of the world I always dreamed of,” Jabbari told Art News Portal. “I tried to go deep and dig hard to unveil the hidden beauty of the region. I went out, explored, imagined, then used my light to give the surroundings of Albany a new definition.”