In Pictures: a Saturday art marathon

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!

A detail of one of Hazem Mahdy's ethereal photographic prints
A detail of one of Hazem Mahdy's ethereal photographic prints
A visitor checks out Mahdy's complex patterns formed from his own arms repeated numerous times
A visitor checks out Mahdy's complex patterns formed from his own arms repeated numerous times
Jaber Al Azmeh's work installed at Green Art Gallery
Jaber Al Azmeh's work installed at Green Art Gallery
"yes to democracy, no to the terror of the state, yes to revolution, yes to freedom": artist and calligraphist Munir AlSharani featured in Al Azmeh's photographs of Syrian's and their hopes for the country
"yes to democracy, no to the terror of the state, yes to revolution, yes to freedom": artist and calligraphist Munir AlSharani featured in Al Azmeh's photographs of Syrian's and their hopes for the country
Visitors examining Al Azmeh's photographs
Visitors examining Al Azmeh's photographs
Lovers, 2012. H Boutros at Grey Noise, two mechanical pencils joined by the same lead
Lovers, 2012. H Boutros at Grey Noise, two mechanical pencils joined by the same lead
One of 3 telephones forming an equilateral triangle in the gallery in H Boutros's show
One of 3 telephones forming an equilateral triangle in the gallery in H Boutros's show
The wall appears to be smoking a cigarette in H Boutros's Parler a un mur, 2011
The wall appears to be smoking a cigarette in H Boutros's Parler a un mur, 2011
The art hungry crowds at Pro Art
The art hungry crowds at Pro Art
Kathryn Wilson's photographs unite light and movement
Kathryn Wilson's photographs unite light and movement
Matthew Ryder's raging bull almost seems to be trying to leap from the walls at Pro Art
Matthew Ryder's raging bull almost seems to be trying to leap from the walls at Pro Art
Lama Khatib Daniel's melancholy female forms at Pro Art
Lama Khatib Daniel's melancholy female forms at Pro Art