Next exhibitions and competitions of the season – News
What’s on display?
ARTS Jairaj Kumar
It’s exhibition season, solo and beyond. Here’s a quick guide to what we’ve seen over the past few days, and we recommend checking out these destinations as well. At Foundry, the arts fraternity scanned QR codes on couches, at DIAC, soothing live music set the mood, and virtually, the excitement of voting on a platform set the mood.
Akshay Arora, an Indian artist based in Dubai, derives his relief from painting from experimenting with textures, mediums and colors. His home ground is the non-figurative, contemporary and abstract, where colors, marks and textures speak to the viewer. In her first solo art exhibition, Harmonious Disquiet, Arora draws inspiration from Eastern philosophies, such as Vedanta and Buddhism. The paintings, although diverse in appearance, share certain common traits. A departure from traditional standards of composition and design; an ambivalent and often snappy emotional tone that reflects contemporary life and values; the use of bright but discordantly banal color harmonies; and a tense yet playful presentation of objects in a primitivist manner that communicates a sense of inner disturbance and ambiguity. “To the extent that creativity is a rebellion against the status quo, it is by definition an attempt to unify conflicting ideas. However, the beauty of creativity should not be limited to the arrival of a successful solution. The process of unification, in itself, can also be beautiful; if only for its intention and boldness,” shares Akshay.
At: Foundry, Downtown Dubai, until January 10, 2022
circle of life
This is the second solo art exhibition by Dubai-based Indian artist Pari Sagar. Entitled Circle of Life, the works on display are about her self-expression and creative freedom as an artist. “It’s called Circle of Life because when the world faced a global pandemic in 2020, everyone took a break to reflect and look within. For many, this was the most difficult period of their lives. It gave Mother Nature an opportunity to heal, recharge and replenish,” Sagar said. “This path to self-discovery turned into works of art for me.” The exhibition opened earlier this month with the support of Yasser Al Gergawi, President of the National Theater Dubai and Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Ministry of Tolerance and Khalil Abdul Wahid, Director of Visual Arts, Authority culture and arts of Dubai. Sagar shared how Circle of Life taught him to center himself, recreate himself, realign himself. “I had unconsciously created circles in all my paintings, a form of self-meditation and healing. The show represents hope, faith and love in their purest essence.
At: Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Center (DIAC), Dubai until 24 December
50 years of the UAE
More than 100 works of art were received by artists from 15 countries for a competition organized by ArtsCrafts to celebrate the 50th year of the United Arab Emirates. The online contest was opened to vote and the winners were announced earlier last week based on the vote and decisions of the judging panel. Mohan Ramesh Jadhav (India), Jairaj Kumar (India) and Saleena Khaliq (Qatar) won the top three prizes respectively. “We have kept the competition online to ensure that we are able to support artists around the world and help publicize their works on social media,” said Anil Kejriwal, founder of the forum. A special India Popular Choice Award went to Saraswati Sharma (India), a determined artist, who painted the work using her legs.