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LAST CHANCE Samia Halaby: Flurrying

5 January


Samia Halaby’s most recent works reflect everything but stillness; each canvas has energy and movement, brimming with complexity and infinite layers of moving parts. Continuing her previous explorations towards abstraction, Halaby is progressively removing shape and boundaries to focus solely on motion and space only.

This exhibition highlights both a more geometrical and a more calligraphic approach, both still creating an invisible set of relationships that our eyes measure and our minds comprehend intuitively. Says the artist: “The Sufi thinker Aby Hamed Muhammad al-Ghazali (1058-1111) noted that the seeing of the eye is limited by some failures while the mind is above these failures. As I think of space and air in painting, I am reminded of his words.

“Slowly, as I intuitively work on my paintings, my consciousness converts intuition into insights. I think of space in our educated visual perception and realise that, to us painters, space is measured as a distance between us and the concrete object we see through that space in the direction of our gaze. Within that space that we gaze at are things that move in the air. Their motion captures our gaze while our memory captures their path.”

Above: Samia Halaby, Written with a Brush (2019)


5 January
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Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map

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