Author: Anya Stafford

Matter Out Of Place

Context is everything for Stephanie Neville and Jeff Scofield Is trash something else when it looks good? Can we elevate unwanted detritus to desirable fine art? Can we reframe natural/industrial hybrids to create lasting meaning? With their eco-assemblages, Stephanie Neville and Jeff Scofield pose these questions. Last night saw the opening of their two-person exhibition […]

Earthly Love

It is enthralling to hear an ancient love story regaled beside an Art Deco pool, like that of Villa Empain in Brussels. The Korean folk tale of the Princess reborn as a silkworm makes for an elegant introduction to Chun Kwang Young’s show, Aggregation, with this performance part of a series to accompany the exhibition, […]

Renovating by Decorating

The role of artwork in a dwelling place is revisited at the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain in Brussels What happens when artists take their works off the plinth and back to pre-modern times, when art was part of the environment, rather than the stand-alone main attraction? Decor, at the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain in Brussels, […]

Translating Nations

Enigmatic Eurasian collective Slavs and Tatars returns to Dubai with acclaimed exhibition Made in Germany A giant set of prayer beads hangs from the ceiling of Dubai’s Third Line Gallery. Unexpectedly, it makes for a very agreeable swing. But does it sit with you as comfortably? “A lot of our work, like in Sharjah or […]

More Than A Feeling

Raed Yassin’s current show mines the past through a variety of media. A Feeling In Perspective is a well-curated journey through a slice of the artist’s output of the past three years. Factory-produced silks are embroidered with everyman’s family memories in the series Dancing, Smoking, Kissing. The fragility of the material resembles Yassin’s memories from […]

Strangest Things

Arriving into Dubai’s Third Line this November you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve wandered on to the set of HBO’s science fiction smash Stranger Things. Asymmetrical silhouettes and creepy shapes abound in the form of paintings and ghostly costumes, and it’s all thanks to Laleh Khorramain. Laleh works mostly through monotypes: she paints […]

Tracing Places

My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless; ‘Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved. I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one; One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call. Rumi’s poetry perfectly embodies the […]

Realising the Surreal

Art has taken a functional turn in The Odd Piece, Dubai. BD Barcelona Design, renowned for transforming the outlandish dreams of Salvador Dalí into living furniture pieces, and for faithfully reproducing Antoni Gaudí’s designs, has made a limited collection available at the Alserkal Avenue treasure trove. BD Design’s general manager Jordi Arnau takes me on […]

One to Watch: Hana Al-Saadi

“I’m more interested in sculpture than any other media. I feel I’m more engaged with the art piece when I’m making a sculpture. I usually use construction materials for my sculptures. I want my art pieces to be for future generations. I don’t know how long Qatar’s construction development will last, but I know it […]

Better By Design

This October, Dubai continues its bid to become a global design hub with the second edition of Dubai Design Week With over 100 events taking place over six days, it will take a time machine to absorb all that this year’s Dubai Design Week has to offer. New design district d3 is again the main […]