Currently Showing-The Heritage Rooms, Al Abra and Al Khor at Tamani Hotel Marina, Dubai

 

Like an abra crossing the Creek, I journeyed to another place as I saw work of mine I had not seen for a decade.  In the Heritage Rooms of the Tamani Hotel Marina Dubai,  there are two meeting rooms displaying my work: Al Abra and Al Khor ( Abra means crossing  referring to the water taxi boats and Al Khor is waterway or harbour). 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2008 the Tamani Hotel purchased 20 paintings from my ‘Creek Series’ through the gallery that represented me at the time, Art Attack Gallery which was directed by Al Qais Saeed Alfalasi. Continue reading

Hassan Sharif : spanners, dustpans, spoons & flipflops- the Single Work Artist

 

Back in  2008 when I was still living in Dubai  my writer/curator friend Jyoti Dhar introduced me to the Flying House .  I met Hassan’s brother Abdul Raheem Sharif who founded the Flying House for contemporary Emirati artists. Back then I remember the Sharif’s doorsteps and sections of ground floors were replaced with transparent boxes encasing colourful daily objects ‘intervened’ in some way.

A huge retrospective for Hassan Sharif at the Sharjah Arts Foundation pays tribute to a pioneering experimental artist showing his diverse practice  in seven different ‘Chapters’ from the 1970’s to his untimely demise in 2016 .

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大地艺术项目——无棣,棣求村The Land Art Project – Di QiuCun, Wudi

 

 

 

 

十月一共19位出色的艺术家参与了无棣大型艺术田园创作项目,这里有一些他们作品的照片。我有幸结识这些艺术家,和他们一起工作,了解他们的创作,真是一大乐事。有些作品是用回收机器部件,旧自行车,工厂废弃陶瓷和其他一些材料做的。This post will show some images of the ambitious project at Wudi over the month of October. A total of 19 outstanding artists participated . It was a true pleasure to work with all of these artists and get to know them and their practice. Some of the artworks were made from recycled machinery , old bikes , rejected factory ceramic and other materials. 

 

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A slice of life at art:gwangju:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 10 international galleries showing at art:gwangju:17 at the Kim Dae Jung convention centre.   I will look at two of these the Nancy Toomey Fine Art (San Francisco) and the Leyden Gallery (London).

         Leyden Gallery Nancy                                              Nancy  Toomey Gallery                         

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Ordos – your guided tour!

Writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) once said “I put my talent into my work and my genius into my life”. I packed my bag for Ordos,  Inner Mongolia to join a new group of artists for the exhibition Paper. Supreme. ( click here for previous post on this exhibition)    Together we travelled and explored grasslands and deserts, making observations and getting to know each other. This post will show the highlight photos of the various tours and visits we made.

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Paper : Supreme, the Ordos Exhibition

Paper : Supreme is currently showing at the Ordos Culture and Arts Centre, Inner Mongolia. The exhibition continues to September 28th 2017.

Having long been the medium that carried and spread ancient traditional culture , paper is also used in Chinese language as an adjective about life ‘Life like paper’ is used as a rather melancholic term to refer to the ups and downs of existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Compared to other media, art on paper tends to be more direct , it is both concise and immediate. Paper also permeates a national identity .’said curator Chang Feng (长风). ‘On the other hand paper has this interesting randomness, a non-functionality and incompleteness which opens up a huge conversation’ 

 

 

Gratitude  is also extended to Mr Xièbǎozhōng (谢宝忠) of KinYinBa who supported and hosted the exhibition. Thank you also to Mr He(贺) for facilitating the details of this project. This is an exhibition that explores all dimensions of paper and some unexpected facets of the material . For a quick overview of a portion of this collection  I will present what the artists themselves say about their work.

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