Ruben Sanchez takes on the ING Creative Community Wall

Capsule Arts' pick of the weekend is most definitely this live art event organised by Dubai-based non-profit creative community ING. Prominent Spanish graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez will be painting a large mural in public on a JLT exterior wall from 2pm-6pm tomorrow, Friday 13 Feb. The event is free to the public and more information can be found here. As well as being a colourful addition to the area, the mural serves as a reminder of the thriving creative community within Dubai.

Ruben's mural is already underway and he's making great progress...

In progress collage
In progress collage

If you're not already familiar with Ruben, the artist hails from Madrid and in 2013 was an artist-in-residence at Tashkeel in Dubai. Since then he's been taking over the UAE with his colourful and surreal artworks, which really do have a life of their own. Our favourite new addition to Dubai might just be Catzilla...

catzilla
catzilla

Throughout his artwork you can find inspiration from Mediterranean life, graphic design, flamenco, graffiti, cubism, reclaimed materials and objects, skateboarding, 80’s music, surrealism, and contemporary society in general.

collage 2
collage 2

Speaking about his art, Ruben says, “I’m interested in reviving old spaces, in resurrecting stuff, giving life to dead boring things through colours, creatures, or silly faces. Where there’s an abandoned factory, a cut tree or a dead train, there were humans before messing it all up. Sometimes I try to make that footprint nicer. Sometimes I paint on clean walls and white canvases too.”

We had the pleasure of working with Ruben in 2013 for one of our bespoke projects; he created some vibrant, site-specific murals for Salero Tapas & Bodego restaurant in Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

Aside from this cool community event, ING also hosts talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews for creatives in the region. Other upcoming events include a large conference which will take place on March 27th and 28th, 2015, featuring a range of international creatives speaking.

Images courtesy ING & Ruben Sanchez

 

Meet artist Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark

A self-portrait of the artist
A self-portrait of the artist

Sudanese artist Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark is one of the featured artists in our second collection of limited edition art prints.

His semi-abstract paintings are filled with light and colour, depicting landscapes that are half-real, half-imagined. The contours of these landscapes are formed from delicate watercolour washes, Elmobark’s preferred medium.

'Landscape 3' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition print from Capsule Arts
'Landscape 3' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition print from Capsule Arts

He explains, "Water colour is my favourite medium for it is both easy and difficult to handle. Difficult because it is very testing and thought-provoking and easy because it is flowing and fluent…it can create an unmatchable purity."

L-R: 'Landscape 1' and 'Landscape 2' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition prints from Capsule Arts
L-R: 'Landscape 1' and 'Landscape 2' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition prints from Capsule Arts

Born and raised in Sudan, the landscape of his native country still serves as a source of inspiration for his art, with the rich, jewel tones of his early childhood always finding their way into his paintings.

The landscapes of Sudan and the UAE serve as inspiration for Elmobark's half-real, half-imagined landscape paintings
The landscapes of Sudan and the UAE serve as inspiration for Elmobark's half-real, half-imagined landscape paintings

Elmobark’s landscapes often include elements of architecture, with buildings and towers grouping together to form towns. These towns appear and disappear into the surrounding landscape and are reminiscent of the communities found in remote locations in the UAE.

Check out our selection of prints of the artist's work here.

Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark

Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark has a degree in photography from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum, Sudan. He is based in Sharjah and works as a graphic designer at Dubai Municipality. He has exhibited extensively throughout the region and internationally. Selected exhibitions include: Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, Dubai (2014); Emirates Cultural Festival, Dubai (2003); Art Attack Gallery, Dubai (2007); Majlis Gallery, Dubai (2001); the Bangladesh Biennial (2001); the Sharjah Biennial (1995-1999); and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation (1999).

Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
 

Pavilions great and small

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Each year the Serpentine Gallery invites an architect to create a summer pavilion that sits alongside the gallery in Hyde Park for four months, providing a social space. This year saw Chilean architect Smiljan Radić take up the challenge, and we love his luminescent cylindrical structure, which resembles a glowing pebble (pictured above).

Speaking about his design, Radic says, ‘the Serpentine 2014 Pavilion is part of the history of small romantic constructions seen in parks or large gardens, the so-called follies, which were hugely popular from the end of the 16th century to the start of the 19th. Externally, the visitor sees a fragile shell suspended on large quarry stones. This shell, white, translucent and made of fibreglass, houses an interior organized around an empty patio, from where the natural setting appears lower, giving the sensation that the entire volume is floating. At night, thanks to the semi-transparency of the shell, the amber tinted light will attract the attention of passers-by like lamps attracting moths.’

Inspired by the innovative design approaches year on year to the Serpentine Pavilion, we have brought together some more weird and wonderful pavilion designs that we are generally in awe of

 Dan Graham’s Pavilion, 2001, & Girls Make-up room, 1998-2000

For fifty years, American artist Dan Graham has made work that is poised between sculpture and architecture. He has been designing glass and mirrored pavilions since the late 1970s, which have been realised in sites across the world. These disorientating structures call to mind the use of reflective glass in the urban environment and highlight the voyeuristic side of design in the built world. Graham himself has described his work as ‘geometric forms inhabited and activated by the presence of the viewer, [producing] a sense of uneasiness and psychological alienation through a constant play between feelings of inclusion and exclusion.’

2 DG
2 DG

MoMA PS1 gallery Pavilion, 2014

For their commission for the 2014 MoMA PS1 gallery pavilion, New York studio The Living created a cluster of circular towers built from bio bricks that were actually grown from corn stalks and mushrooms – taking the concept of organic architecture to its perfect conclusion. Titled Hy-Fi, it was the winning project in the annual Young Architects Program contest, which each year invites emerging architects to propose a temporary structure that will host MoMA Ps1's summer events.

hyfi 4
hyfi 4

Uchronia by Arne Quinze

Uchronia, an art installation at the Burning Man Festival in 2006, was the creation of artist Arne Quinze executed by design group Quinze & Milan and financed by art philosopher Jan Kriekels. The structure was a dizzying mass of wood and fastenings that arched over visitors’ heads, and set the stage for a series of nightly performances during the festival. We think it would fit perfectly within the UAE’s own desert!

QUinze
QUinze

2012 Serpentine Pavilion by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron

Another Serpentine Pavilion - for the 2012 structure, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron collaborated to create a pavilion that carved down into the ground rather than growing out of it. Covered by a floating platform roof of water, beneath the designers excavated the layouts of past pavilions and clad the interior in cork to echo the earth.  Through this archeological approach, tracing the ghosts of these past structures, they aimed to reveal the hidden history of the Serpentine Pavilion.

AWW 5
AWW 5