“THE BIG PICTURE” IN DUBAI : DEMOLISHING BOUNDARIES AND FREEING ARTISTS “FROM ART POLITICS, GALLERIES’ PROFITABLE GUIDELINES AND FAME-DRIVEN MARKET”

“The Big Picture” contemporary art exhibition was hosted by the Gallery of Light at Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre (DUCTAC) on the weekend of 6 – 8 June 2013. It explored multifaceted artistic creations, featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, digital art, performance art, installation as well as audiovisual arts.

The Big Picture is an independent art exhibition that was self-funded and organized by some of the participating artists. The concept was inspired by a fast and busy society that often magnifies minor issues and gets caught up in the details of a demanding daily schedule, while ignoring the vision and the essence of where we are all heading as collectives or individuals and neglecting the significance of the journey and the overall process we each follow.

We live in a vast world; let us look at art from outer space, let us look at the big picture, no matter how big it gets, or small it might need to be” said Ram Nath, the co-organizer and curator of The Big Picture. Nath’s exhibited work reflected childhood memories that have been complicated and overwritten by time and the ever-changing society. In his piece called Clown, we see that he used the nostalgic technique of Pop Art to portray a laughing clown, whose cheerful colors are slowly fading by as time passes by.

The Big Picture exhibition showed more than 30 different artworks using different media. As for the performances, it started with the artist Abdullah Abd Al Karim, aka Dokhan, painting live on a classic Dodge car that was presented by Union Cars Club. Behind him was a screen that showed a video by VJ IS who demonstrated various clips of black and white adverts saturated by consumerism, which were taken in the early 20th century and that do not differ much from our times now.

The varied colors and media used to make the other artworks inside the gallery space were what gave a vibrant and positive feeling and atmosphere to the space. Entering the exhibition, you would have seen Amjad Aljoukhdar painting live, on speakers’ covers given by Libratone, his own imaginary characters, one of which was an angel turning to a devil that was painted and drawn on a canvas inside the exhibition.

Co-organizer Roba Hamadeh’s work was a four-piece graphic design that gave the audience a glimpse of what goes inside an artists head from subjects of love, hope, sadness and life. As for the biggest piece, it was that by Nashwa Zakaria who managed to present a full and colorful survey of the culture and heritage of Dubai. Shoak Taher showed two paintings portraying the situation in Iraq via her own primitive and spontaneous mean of expression. Another artwork that was also outstanding was that of Anji Abbas’, who expressed the speed of thoughts via characters born from her own creative thoughts on 9 connected canvases. This is only a

The Big Picture aimed to demolish boundaries and give the artists the freedom to express their interpretation of this message in a simple method, freeing it from art politics, galleries’ profitable guidelines or fame-driven market, while emphasizing the importance of it via large pieces. It was an exhibition that did not limit the artists with the commercial factors rather allowed them to concentrate on art for art’s sake.

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Participating Artists:

Amal Mahmoud, Amjad Aljoukhda, Angie Abbas, Ashwin Pillai, B’lu, House of Design, Ilona Maras, IS, Karim Hobeika, Lama Kabbani, Mai Aldabbah, Manisha Andrade, Mel Pickup, Nashwa Zakaria, Nihal Akmal, Ram Nath, Roba Hamadeh, Shaok Tahir, Sumanta Dahda, TJ Abustan, Ufuk Kobas, Zaahirah Muthy

“THE BIG PICTURE”: SELF-FUNDED ART HAPPENING IN DUBAI SET TO DEMOLISH BOUNDARIES FOR ART SAKE

“The BIG Picture” exhibition will be hosted by the Gallery of Light at Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre (DUCTAC) on the weekend of 6 – 8 June 2013. 

The BIG Picture is an independent art exhibition; self-funded and organized by participating artists. The concept is inspired by a fast and busy society that often magnifies minor issues and gets caught up in the details of a demanding daily schedule, while ignoring the vision and the essence of where we are all heading as collectives or individuals and neglecting the significance of the journey and the overall process we each follow.

The BIG Picture demolishes boundaries and gives the artists the freedom to express their interpretation of this message in a simple method, freeing it from art politics, galleries’ profitable guidelines or fame-driven market, while emphasizing the importance of it via large pieces. It is an exhibition that does not limit the artists with the commercial factors and allows them to concentrate on art for art’s sake.

We live in a vast world; let us look at art from outer space, let us look at the big picture, no matter how big it gets, or small it might need to be” said a member of The Big Picture team. The BIG Picture will be exploring multifaceted artistic creations, featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, digital art, performance art, installation as well as audio visual arts, by ambitious emerging and published artists. It will present over 22 Dubai based artists who have been inspired by growing and cosmopolitan societies. The opening night will be on Thursday 6 June, 19.00-22.00, and the exhibition will continue on Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 22.00.

Participating Artists:

Amal Mahmoud, Amjad Aljoukhda, Angie Abbas, Ashwin Pillai, B’lu, House of Design, Ilona Maras, IS, Karim Hobeika, Lama Kabbani, Mai Aldabbah, Manisha Andrade, Mel Pickup, Nashwa Zakaria, Nihal Akmal, Ram Nath, Roba Hamadeh, Shaok Tahir, Sumanta Dahda, TJ Abustan, Ufuk Kobas, Zaahirah Muthy

About the Gallery of Light

The Gallery of Light is dedicated to collaborations with under-represented artists and curators and to exhibiting arts practice that is evolving & experimental. Gallery of Light is operated on not-for-profit principles putting all income received from sponsorship or rental hire back into it’s cultural programming, educational outreach and the welcome of all visitors.

Exhibition Informations

The Big Picture – Art Exhibition

Opening 6 June 2013, 7pm – 10pm

Timings

6 June: 7pm – 10pm; 7 June: 10am – 10pm; 8 June: 10am – 10pm

Address

Gallery of Light, Mall of Emirates, 2nd level, Al Barsha

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tel: +971 4 341 4777

www.thebigpicture.ae