Roberto Lopardo, Mapping Kuwait, 07:42 am; 2012
Opening is on Tuesday, 16th September at 7 – 9 pm
This exhibition displays selected works from The Mappings Project by Cuadro Gallery artist, Roberto Lopardo: Mapping Latitude 42 Longitude 121 and Mapping Kuwait.
The Mappings Project engages the artist in a photographic experience in which one photograph is taken every minute continuously during a 24-hour period resulting in a total of 1,440 images. The photographic residue, presented as a monolithic grid, is sequentially ordered in 24 rows (one row per hour), with each row containing 60 columns (one column per minute). Each project, which is captured in a different location, results in a singular work of art.
Shurooq Amin, This Way Up – Painting the Roses Red, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
Opening reception and book launch is on Sunday, 14 September, 2014 at 7-9PM
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (DIFC) is pleased to invite you to the opening of We’ll Build This City on Art and Love, a solo exhibition of mixed media works by Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin.
In We’ll Build This City on Art and Love the roles of women in Arab society remain central for the artist, however, moving away from the individual Amin further reflects upon a variety of social maladies, ranging from child marriage in war-affected areas to the marginalisation of the Bedoun in Kuwait, and the moral and material ramifications of stalled “dream” construction projects such as Silk City.
In the combining of various media, the use of bright pink and red, tongue-in-cheek imagery, and a sense of whimsy, Amin’s canvases are vivacious even while approaching subject matter of a serious or delicate nature. In We’ll Build This City on Art and Love the artist employs materials as diverse as wood, reclaimed photographs, and Braille; the materials imbued with their own set of histories and tactile possibilities come together to insert new complexity into Amin’s chosen artistic themes. Authors long admired by Amin, including Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani and British author Lewis Carroll, are among several influences found in these visual motifs.