Grasses, Sandy Dunes The first major solo exhibition of celebrated Korean artist Chae Sung-Pil reveals a series of new works from his studio that embody his singular philosophy of earth-palette paintings. The artist’s soil palette, collected from various trips around the world, is diluted with water before being mixed with glue and ink to create abstract textures on canvas reminiscent of the texture of the earth.
Until May 27. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).
Return to Abstraction
The solo show of Asaad Arabi, a contemporary Arab painter and acclaimed art theorist, focuses on lyrical abstraction. Subtle tones emerge out of his urbanist landscapes, translating into an almost audible musicality.
Until June 18. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Dreams do not see boundaries or barriers. They transcend race, religion and language. This is the premise of the latest
art exhibition that opens at Mojo Gallery, comprising artworks depicting the dreams of more than 650 primary school students.
Until May 30. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).
Spanish photographer Fernando Manso’s exhibition, ‘Luz Oxidada’ presents a visual selection of ethereal photographs that capture the idyllic yet solitary moments in nature and society. The exhibition’s title, translated from Spanish, means rusty or oxidised light, which describes the subjects and overall moods captured by Manso’s photographs.
Until May 27. Rira Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 369 9339).
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Scottish artist Charlie Anderson is known for his epic-scale paintings composed of layered fragments from advertisements, postcards, posters, newspapers, flyers and magazines. A post-punk effect is achieved through his intensive process of layering stencils and paint. The result is a vibrantly textured and visually stimulating portrait of contemporary culture. Inspired by cityscapes, music, kitsch pop culture and the creative process itself, Anderson’s works recontextualise familiar, often discarded images to glorify the transient aspects of our daily experience.
Until June 15. Street Art Gallery, Villa 23, 10B Street, Jumeirah 1 (055 888 8247).
Poetry in Stone
The first exhibition in the UAE of renowned Jordanian sculptor Mona Saudi ‘Poetry in Stone’ brings together seven sculptures from the period 2003 to 2012 alongside a series of seven silkscreen prints of drawings made between 1976 and 1980 inspired by the writings of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
Until July 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Iranian calligraphy artist Mohammad Bozorgi is recognised for his innovation of traditional forms. He will debut recent works that reflect new experiments in merging the text-based abstraction of Islamic art with the aesthetic concerns of contemporary painting. In his latest works, Bozorgi uses technically complex repetition and symmetry to create vast and densely filled compositions. Often ‘mirroring’ one side of the canvas with the other, individual letters and characters are intertwined, pulled and stretched, resulting in dramatic kaleidoscopic paintings.
Until July 30. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).
The solo show by Syrian artist Khaldoun Chichakli is set amid the destruction wrought by the current political situation in Syria. The artist’s drawings and woodcuts offer a poignant look into the Damascus of years gone by. In several drawings we see the ghost of the Victoria Hotel, which was built in downtown Damascus in the late 19th century.
Until June 27. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Irish artist Damien Flood’s first show at Grey Noise focuses on a research trip the artist took to Dubai, Sharjah and Oman’s coast. The paintings tow a line between abstract and figurative.
Until July 31. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0764).