september, 2022

02sepAll Day30MODERN METROPOLISES | THROUGH THE LENS OF ARCHITECTURAL ABSTRACTION

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Photographer Andrew Prokos’s large- scale architectural abstractions are set to take over GalleryX this September

Metropolis Abstracted is a series of abstract photographs which incorporate elements of contemporary architecture found in New York City, Boston, Dubai and other metropolises. Through the use of mirrored images Prokos unlocks an intriguing hidden geometry found in carefully selected views and close-up details. In a recent interview with Widewalls Magazine Prokos expands on his process: “Each detail is captured with the intent of forming a much more complex composition. When the image is reflected, an entirely new and inherent structure and visual language emerge. People often comment that the images seem to be revealing a hidden symbolism, and they interpret the images in all kinds of ways. So they do become a sort of Rorschach test for the viewer, which is not by design but rather an interesting by-product of the process and its effect on the viewer.”

Prokos’s photographic series Inverted, which was photographed entirely in the UAE, captures the futuristic towers of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah along with more intimate renditions of lesser-

Photograph from the series ‘Metropolis Abstracted’ in the upcoming solo exhibition Andrew Prokos: New Abstraction, opening September 2nd at GalleryX, Sharjah, UAE

known Modernist buildings. The cityscapes are rendered in a bold color palette achieved through inverting the scenes and depicting them as surreal negative images. Presented as large-scale photographs up to two meters in height, the series utilizes flat color fields, abstracted details, and close-up views of these cities to startling effect. Prokos continues: “In Inverted the intent is to shift the viewer’s perception of the mundane in order to see it in a new way. The close-up facades of these Modernist buildings in Abu Dhabi or Dubai offer a glimpse of the lives of the inhabitants. They are occupied spaces, and that humanizes the series. Often the balconies of these buildings have personal effects on them… laundry hanging out to dry, exercise bicycles, carpets, baby strollers, etc. When looked at in the negative (inverted) realm, they take on all kinds of beautiful hues and become enticing and enigmatic objects. This is not me colorizing the scene but the opposite of our positive perception of the scene, which is beautiful in an unfamiliar way.”

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Time

september 2 (Friday) - 30 (Friday)

Location

GalleryX

Al Majaz Amphitheatre ,l Majaz 3, Sharjah 82828

Organizer

GalleryX Al Majaz Amphitheatre Al Majaz 3 Sharjah 82828 United Arab Emirates

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