All posts tagged: Third Line Gallery

Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia

FN stumbled across a great little exhibition at the weekend whilst wandering around the Sharjah Art Foundations new galleries: Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia. The curator, Shannon Ayers Holden, investigates the Aesthetic of Funk through an exploration of the radical power of transformation, the theme of transcendence and the presentation of a new world material culture as seen through the works of three artists from the African Diaspora. American textile artist Xenobia Bailey, Moroccan born photographer and designer Hassan Hajjaj and British Trinidadian filmmaker and sculptor Zak Ove, FN has wanted to see some of his work for while. This was so good, that we wish there could have been more – further work, a  catalogue and a longer essay by the curator. Within the context of the UAE, a nation of flux and rapid change, it was enriching to see ‘work that can encompass both the presence of the past and a sense of clarity for the present.’ (Chris Lord) Shannon Ayers Holden is a resident of Dubai, we look forward to …

Rana Begum at The Third Line

Rana Begum shows for the third time at Dubai’s The Third Line gallery. The artist exhibits a new collection of her signature metal sculptures, coated with vibrant colours. Pushing the relationship between colour, form and three-dimensional space, they take inspiration from urban order and disorder and the codes of urban visual stimuli, such as road signs, advertising, and hazard markings, with Modernist aesthetics. She creates surfaces and planes that seamlessly sit within the contours of the room, walls and spaces they inhabit, engaging the viewer by making them bend, lean and circle around the works in order to take in every angle of each piece. This action, along with the bright and playful colours, brings a lightness to the works more serious theological and geometric root. As the viewers shift from side to side, surfaces morph one into another or emerge from common plains, toying with the audience’s reaction to their surroundings. Exhibition runs from 19 June – 30 July.  Born in 1977, Rana Begum graduated from the Slade with a MA in Fine Art. She has exhibited her …