For his solo exhibition and debut at the gallery, Khorfakkan-based artist, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim presents The Space Between the Eyelid and the Eyeball, comprising three bodies of work that span
For his solo exhibition and debut at the gallery, Khorfakkan-based artist, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim presents The Space Between the Eyelid and the Eyeball, comprising three bodies of work that span his engagement with painting and sculpture. Linking each of these works is Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim’s compulsive and intuitive sense of repetition, variation and humor.
The exhibition revolves around a large group of irregular-shaped sculptures that dominate the gallery floor space. Some resemble pylons or scaffolding, others toys, animals, trees and fruit. The brightly coloured papier-mâché sculptures are made of natural paper pigments combined by the artist, their vivid repeated lines of colour consistent with the obsessive mark-making of his practice, whilst the shapes reflect the natural formations of his domestic landscape. His choice of vibrant and at times garish colour combinations seek to capture the “explosion in his eyes” he experienced when he first saw the sunset – until that moment life between the Hajar Mountains had obstructed its view.
Black and white papier-mâché architectonic works, part painting, part sculpture, part collage line one of the gallery’s walls a seriesfirst shown at his survey at Sharjah Art Foundation in 2018. Drawing from Ibrahim’s two-dimensional Linesseries (drawings of black or white lines that are reminiscent of ancient cave markings) these peculiar pieces have a primordial quality tothem – a grouping of hand-molded oblong shapes wedged with blocks, slivers or bodies of paper hanging from strings. At times minimal,at times complex, the works play with notions of multiplicity and division.
On the other walls are groups of Sitting Man portraits, an intriguing series in different sizes and colours in which the head of the sitter is always cropped, moving the focus instead to the bodily posture and clothing. The image was originally taken froma photograph of his friend, the late artist Hassan Sharif, Ibrahim’s mentor and pioneer of conceptual art in the UAE.
Courtesy of Lawrie Shabibi
March 5 (Tuesday) - May 9 (Thursday)
Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue Al-Quoz 1, Dubai, UAE