Hassan Sharif: Images at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde

Hassan Sharif: Images
at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde
Arab Emirates / Dubai / Al Quoz : Exhibition
Mar 5, 2015 - May 5, 2015
Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde is pleased to present Images, a provocation from an arch-provocateur after more than 40 years of art-making. At a time when Sharif is being increas- ingly referred to as the ‘father (or even ‘grandfather’) of Emirati art’, Sharif challenges this with very new works that reject commonplace understandings of his practice.
Images does not glisten with the bright plastic heaps that the artist has become known for. Instead, we see reams of paper, air-rusted iron shapes and pages torn from a dictionary that scuttle up the walls or hang from the ceiling. The viewer is invited to explore a cave-like wall of papier-mâche encrusted toys, a crystalline stalactite of inkjet printouts, and a piece of elasticated cotton on canvas that begs an inquisitive hand.
If Sharif’s assemblages from the ‘80s onwards were a response to globalised consumerism, handing the unwanted surplus of mass production back to society as art, in Images he turns on the sheer abundance of imagery – printed graphics, reproducible photographs, garish cartoon characters – that surrounds us.
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