Our picks of the week
1 Mike Arnold Exhibition at Showcase Gallery
See Thu 25.
2 The Return Project at The Third Line
See Mon 29.
3 The Other Hundred at East Wing
See Sat 27.
4 Gibson Guitar Artwork at The Dubai Mall
See Sun 28.
5 The Distance at Art Sawa
See Wed 24.
Syria’s foremost sculptor, Mustafa Ali, was born in Latakia in 1956 and lives and works in Syria. Known for elegant, monumental sculptures that pierce the consciousness and underscore the fragility of mankind, he has been widely collected in the Arab world for nearly three decades.
Until October 25. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).
From the Art of Architecture to the Architecture of Art
Mike Arnold’s journey through the imaginative field of design began with a focus on architecture and the constructed environments of buildings he created. He now enters a new phase of artistic expression through the visual exploration of architectural forms with brush and paint.
Until October 15. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Syrian artist Waseem Marzouki’s The Firm is the first solo exhibition at the gallery and in the UAE. Displaying video art and a series of seventeen mixed media on paper and canvas works that take on the appearance of blueprints, Marzouki examines systems of power, be it political or cultural, that have played an integral role in the recent tensions within the Arab world.
Until October 18. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
The Other Hundred
This is a unique photography initiative created as a counterpoint to popular media’s ‘rich lists’, such as the Forbes 100, to bring attention to stories of people from around the world who are not rich, but deserve to be celebrated. The exhibition features a selection of images from the 100 photo-stories drawn from 91 countries across six continents and is the result of a worldwide collaboration between amateur and professional photographers.
Until October 15. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 5533 879).
Gibson Guitar Artwork
Gibson Brands Inc., the global leader in music and sound, is celebrating its 120th anniversary with an extraordinary art-based exhibition on display at The Dubai Mall. Gibson has commissioned 18 UAE-based artists to create custom guitar artwork to commemorate the International Day of Peace, observed worldwide on 21 September, and raise money for charity. The customisations will be applied to Gibson’s 2014 Model Year guitars, which all include a distinctive, exclusive 120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret which will then be sold at a silent auction.
Until October 5. Waterfall Atrium, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7500).
The Return Project: Babak Golkar
A break from his previous works, 'The Return Project' is an assemblage where readymade consumer articles are dissected, reconstructed and represented within the commercial conditions of their wholesale environment, questioning the structure of contemporary art practices. It employs notions of performativity through two, often disproportionate, contexts – that of everyday retail and the rarefaction of the gallery context.
Until November 8. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
I Hate My Friends
XVA gallery is hosting a group of five up-and-coming artists (Charlotte de Bekker, Nino Cricco, Shakhbout Al Kaabi, Nikolai Kozak, Khulood Thani & Agustina Zegers). The idea of the exhibition was born as the group of friends brainstormed an innovative way of presenting their artwork. What was essential for the artists is that the exhibition was focused on and around the notion of conceptual art and trespassing beyond the guidelines and conventions of what one might normally expect to experience in an art gallery. The artists have spent a great deal of time exploring and imagining conceived concepts before they actually went about creating tangible artwork. The result says more about the process of the artist’s journey rather than the art piece itself.
Until October 9. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).