(artwork: Maspeth Rituals: (Palimpsest #14), 2013)
Kamrooz Aram, ‘Palimpsest: Unstable Paintings For Anxious Interiors’, at Green Art gallery, until 3-May.
Aram starts with the same floral form from Persian carpets in all his paintings, and then goes through a process of destroying and rebuilding patterns and layers of paint. He is interested in the role art plays as ‘ornament’ (evident by the exhibition title, as well), and also in the process behind image-making and how it informs the meaning of a painting.
This is the artist’s first solo exhibit in Dubai.
(artwork: Dil be del, 2014)
Slavs and Tatars, ‘Language Arts’, at The Third Line, until 17-April.
In this exhibition, the collective, Slavs and Tatars, celebrates language “as a source of political, metaphysical, even sexual emancipation.” On, and with a bit of ribald humor, too.
This is their first solo show in the Middle East.
Rauschenberg Residency, group exhibition, at Isabelle Van Den Eynde, until 25-Apr.
A fun exhibit to see, certainly in its immersiveness. The artists, brothers, fellows of the Rauschenberg Residency, collaborated on the artworks, ranging across all mediums.
Artists are Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian
Shahpour Pouyan, ‘PTSD’, at Lawrie Shabibi, until 22-Apr.
Pouyan investigates the ongoing idea of power and hegemony in his works. The exhibition includes new drawings and sculptures. This marks Pouyan’s first foray into ceramics.
(artwork: Picturing Power: Wherein one’s legacy comes full circle and posits that you can exploit and subjugate and fluff yourself up in a splendid game of one’s own jolly adventure, 2013)
Yee I-Lann, ‘Picturing Power, at Tyler Rollins, ends 12-Apr.
I-Lann is “widely considered to be among Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists. [She] works primarily in photo-media, “often engaging with archipelagic Southeast Asia’s turbulent history and addressing, with wit and humanity, the socio-political impact of current politics, neo-colonialism, and globalization.” This exhibition focuses on 3 of her recent series.
This is I-Lann’s first solo exhibition in the USA.
(artwork: Lost in Color 3, 2013)
Pema Rinzin, ‘Abstract Enlightenment’, at Joshua Liner, ends 29-Mar.
Rinzin is an artist influenced by his diverse experience throughout the world, including Tibet, India, Japan, Europe and USA. He utilizes traditional thangka techniques and mediums to create contemporary works.”
(artwork: Filling the Void, 2014)
Jonny Briggs, ‘Monstrares’, at Julie Meneret, ends 30-Mar.
Briggs’ works is somewhat surreal in what it reveals and what is void in its human figures. He is interested in human nature’s “contradictory impulses; to be consistently restrained and well-mannered in order to find societal acceptance, yet to freely satisfy one’s primal and bodily desires.”
Briggs is the recipient of the Saatchi New Sensations Prize.
(artwork: Satellite, 2014)
Perry Burns, ‘Galaxies’, at Cheryl Hazan, ends 29-Mar.
Burns describes his work as a merge of ‘traditions of Islamic pattern and Abstract Expressionism.’ These works are filled with patterns of color that mostly soothe instead of distract.
Jessica Sofia Mitrani, ‘Headpieces for Peace’, at fi:af, ends 22-Mar.
Mitrani examines themes of feminism and fashion in her work. This video is the winner of the 2012 A Shaded View on Fashion Film (ASVOFF) Grand Prix, and it is the first time it is being shown in New York.
(artwork: Portrait of Sisters, 2013)
Carolina Raquel Antich, ‘De pronto sentí el río en mí (Suddenly I felt the river in me)’, at Lynch Tham, ends 30-Mar.
Antich has a longtime fascination with the world of children: The intimacy of their gaze..has been the focus of my work for some time…My figures are not part of a portrait gallery. Through them, I try to evoke distant memories that belong to all of us somehow.