Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Art & Auctions
Hybrids by Rashid Al Khalifa opens in Dubai

Hybrids, a solo exhibition by Rashid Al Khalifa, has opened at Ayyam Gallery Dubai (11 Alserkal Avenue).

Hybrids presents a selection of wall-mounted installations from six different series from 2010 to 2017. The exhibition wil run till March 10.

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to hold this solo exhibition at Ayyam Gallery, Dubai. Dubai is one of the most important destinations attracting many artists, pioneers and innovators, not only in the art industry but also in various sectors. I was very keen to accept the invitation to hold this exhibition in which I present some of my work reflecting my artistic experience over the last 10 years. The exhibition presents the concept of hybrids through an approach that reflects my personal reading of the rich origins of beauty, and how this opens doors for every artist to be more creative and innovative. I presented twenty works of art, including paintings and sculptures, in which I use solid industrial materials and sometimes unusual materials, such as aluminum sheets cut and painted with industrial colors to be presented as a piece of art." said the artist Rashid Al Khalifa.

Over the past four decades, Rashid Al Khalifa has continuously explored the nature of experientiality of art whilst asserting the importance of its context over art for art’s sake. Rashid has experimented with a multitude of painting styles, including Realism, Impressionism, and Individualism. Over the past decade, he has turned to Abstraction and Colour Field.

In his recent works, Rashid maintains a focus on the aesthetics of what post-modernists identify as re-contextualisation of an art genre. Investigating varying articulations of seriality within his oeuvre, as well as geometry, surface, and colour, the artist creates simple yet deeply resonant works. Rashid’s installations are ‘hybrids’ of painting and sculpture, where he increasingly experiments with three-dimensionality using aluminum, stainless steel, and other mediums.

With the circle serving as a starting point in many of his works, it evolves to become a circular hole in the convex aluminium surface, adding another spatial dimension to his work. In his 120 x 120 cm untitled work from his 'Into a Different Dimension' series, Al Khalifa creates a perfectly circular hole in the middle of the convex square-shaped aluminium, painting the background with blues. The reflective surface draws the viewer in, creating the basis of an intimate relationship with the work.

In the 2015 'Shape of Time' series, the artist continues to present variations on the circle and the square. In this series, the artist creates folds with detached sections of the circles, highlighting fragile connections between the shapes. Through these works, the artist presents the viewer with a challenge of entering into a relationship with each piece through a deep understanding of the quiet authority of these works.

Through his research and his three-dimensional works – with seemingly limitless permutations of simple geometric forms – Al Khalifa explores the phenomenological relationship between work, viewer, and architecture.

About the Artist

Beginning his career in the late 1960s, Rashid Al Khalifa has exhibited in Bahrain and internationally. He presented his seminal quasi-kinetic works in a solo exhibition at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC in 1982. In 2010, a large-scale retrospective exhibition entitled Convex: A New Perspective was held at the Bahrain National Museum.

Rashid Al Khalifa was the first president of the Bahrain Arts Society and currently holds the title of Honorary President. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. Solo exhibitions include Shuman Arts Organisation, Amman, Jordan (1997), De Caliet Gallery, Milan, Italy, and El Kato Kayyel Gallery, Milan (1996). His work as also been featured in group exhibitions such as La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017 and 2015), Third Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin Valley (2017), Bahrain Arts Society, Manama, Bahrain (2016), tRIO Bienal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015), Issoudin Museum, Issoudin, France (2015), Galerie Gmurzynska, Art Basel Miami Beach (2010) Bahrain National Musuem, Manama (2002), Taipei Art Exhibition, Tapei, Taiwan (1999), Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (1999), and Art America Exhibition, Miami, USA (1997).

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