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LAST CHANCE David Darts: Discomfort

25 November 2018


Artist and NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Dean of Arts David Darts explores uncomfortable-ness through 25 works in a variety of media, from video and sound to photography and sculpture. The exhibition approaches discomfort primarily as a generative state; even if the experience itself is not always pleasant, it can lead to intellectual growth and provide artistic inspiration. From the trauma of a childhood drowning incident to the dysfunctions associated with misophonia, Darts examines the social and domestic aberrations that have resulted from his own lived discomforts in this exhibition.

This exploration of ‘discomfort’ also extends out of the Project Space and into the adjacent NYUAD Arts Center plaza in the form of an artist-designed golf course under the title Putting for Pleasure and Politics. Darts invited nine collaborating artists to approach a contemporary social issue through the inherent absurdity of minigolf: Hashel Al Lamki, Wendy Bednarz, Jonny Farrow, Jill Magi, Sandra Peters, Craig Protzel, Goffredo Puccetti, Laura Schneider, and John Torreano. The result is a life-sized playable sculpture garden which provides an artistic (if slightly disconcerting) snapshot of our current historical moment.

“This playable sculpture garden has been designed to be participatory and interactive. This ‘decentres’ romantic notions of the individual artist found in modern Western art and instead asks the audience to actively participate in the production of the artwork, rather than to only gaze at it from a safe distance,” said Darts. “These sculptures are intended not to serve as precious art objects but instead as platforms for shared experiences, dialogue, and reflection.”

Above: David Darts, Dina, 2018



25 November 2018
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NYUAD Arts Centre Project Space
Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
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