I really love all the different types of art that can be found here in Abu Dhabi and how it’s so accessible, it’s not unusual to find pop up galleries in the shopping malls, cafes and hotel receptions. One place I really like to visit, as they have a whole host of cultural happenings going on, is The Space at TwoFour54. This is a great venue that lends itself to artistic workshops, film screenings, open mikes and exhibitions like this one that I visited with a chum last week. Be sure to follow The Space’s’Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest events.
This latest exhibition features a series of works entitled “The Incessant Ramblings of a Yellow Kind” by Ashvin, an Indian artist now based in the UAE. The Manager of The Space explained to us that this collection of abstract paintings heavily features yellow because the artist is colour blind and it is in fact the only true colour he can see. My favourite was the above painting, for me it’s so bright but mellow at the same time, kind of like the dying sun shining onto a field of corn on a clear blue day, bees buzzing and the breeze gently blowing.
Ashvin is a Doctor by day and also practices Pranic healing, he sees art as a form of therapy.
We didn’t find an explanation of the paintings, the artist prefers the viewer to see the pieces from their own perspective, drawing their own conclusions of what the work represents to them as an individual. I like this concept because whilst we can all be looking at the same things, we are viewing them in vastly different ways. I mean did you see a corn field or was it just me? Where I see beauty you may see something else entirely, art truly is open to individual interpretation. How many times have you stood looking at a piece of artwork with thoughts at odds with the artists explanation of it?
“Take a Piece of Me” is a long roll of canvas that you can purchase by the square metre, the idea is to choose your favourite part and the artist will cut it out for you. Here, Ashvin says he is making fun of how the art world has become so commercialised.
When we toured the exhibition we noted that several paintings appeared to have already been sold and removed from view, so this appears to be a successful showing. If you want to catch “The Incessant Ramblings of a Yellow Kind” I suggest you move fast, the exhibition will close on Thursday 4th September 2014 (opening times given above).
Peace and Love
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All Artwork – Ashvin