Yesterday saw a flurry of exhibitions opening across Dubai, with three shows opening in Al Quoz alone. Capsule Arts undertook a bit of an art marathon to catch the different exhibition previews. Over in Al Serkal Avenue, Carbon 12, Green Art Gallery and Grey Noise all opened solo exhibitions of artists hailing from the Middle East. Carbon 12 showed new photographs by Egyptian artist Hazem Mahdy, featuring the artist's own limbs isolated and repeated to create intricate patterns. Green Art Gallery also showed photography: Syrian artist Jaber Al Azmeh gave a voice to Syrians from all walks of life, asking them to define the Syria that they believe in. Meanwhile Grey Noise presented the first exhibition in the Middle East of Lebanese artist Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Among the minimalist 'gestures' on show were tears from the artist's left and right eyes separated into two phials, an erased eraser and a series of drawings stemming from H Boutros's sleeping patterns.
After taking in the Al Serkal sights, at 7pm we left the industrial landscape of Al Quoz and headed over to Pro Art Gallery in Jumeirah for the opening reception of The Big Picture. The exhibition includes work by three artists from our limited edition print collection - Lama Khatib Daniel, Kathryn Wilson and Matthew Ryder. Make sure to catch it before it closes on 20 May 2014!