september, 2018

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Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, which focuses on his paintings – a relatively unknown aspect of his practice. Kazem has been painting since his late teens and early 20s, went on to win the first prize in painting at Muscat Youth Biennial in 1990 and loved the surface so much that he remained consciously aware to the inspiration coming from the medium itself. However, he did not allow himself to be enslaved by a particular medium or a specific pigment, which is visible in his earlier series of intimate watercolours largely inspired by the atelier of his fellow artist Hassan Sharif, in which Kazem would change the predominant colours on each work and create visible differences merely based on pigment experimentation.

In his essay Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it’s a good idea¹, art critic Jan Verwoert’s discusses the idea of conceptuality versus medium specificity and asks whether painting should be considered in isolation with other media. The exhibition takes this idea forward and discusses this in relation to the conceptual practice of Kazem, which has seen the artist return to painting recently. Kazem concurs and adds that the only thing that matters in his artistic practice is the conceptual statement and if it can be adequately communicated through painting, then he paints.

Kazem presents paintings in which elements of figurative art are abstracted and incorporated in his generally flat colour surfaces. They become quiet and contemplative, blurring the perception if we are looking at the work in terms of its materials and formal elements and not in subjective content. While painting remained a major aspect of Kazem’s early practice, now more than 30 years later, he is still fascinated by collecting and documenting information about unimportant objects and traces of our present within a particular environment. In his monograph published in 2013, Hassan Sharif wrote, “The meaning or purpose of his [Kazem’s] paintings lies in the life of the colours and the ways they can be put to use, not in the painted objects themselves.”


September 17 (Monday) - November 1 (Thursday)


Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Unit 17, Alserkal Avenue Street 8, Al Quoz 1 PO Box 18217 Dubai, UAE


Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

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