Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dar Al Funoon opening 30 September 30th 7-9pm

Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to its 7th Affordable Art Show

The show will feature a rich variety of styles ranging from works on paper, limited editions and originals by local and international young, emerging and established artists.

Opening Tuesday September 30th, 2014 from 7 - 9 pm at Dar Al Funoon, and continuing till Thursday October 2nd, 2014.

See attachment for details.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My new work exhibited tonight at CAP Kuwait

left: 'The one, the two... and the ten thousand things,' right: 'One Thousand and One,'
acrylic on MDF board, approximately 60 cm x 60 cm, 2014

My new paintings will be exhibited at 'TALK LOVE … ACT PEACE' opening Sunday, September 21st, 6:30-9:30pm at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait. The charity art exhibition showcases diverse art from around the world to help fund children in Gaza, in collaboration with Gassan Kanafani Foundation, and to fund Kuwait's Child Rights Association. Hosted by the extraordinary Amira Behbehani and in celebration of Global Peace Day and Peace One Day - Kuwait. Hope to see you there tonight!  ‪#‎capkuwait ‬‪#‎peaceoneday ‬ ‪#‎peaceonedaykuwait ‬ ‪#‎kuwait‬

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Charity art exhibition opens Sept. 21 at CAP Kuwait

Dear friends, 

You are invited to the charity art exhibition "Talk Love... Act Peace" opening on Sunday, September 21 from 6:30-9:30pm. A number of AUK students and faculty, including Najd Al Taher, Sundos Al Bulushi, Prof. George Bauer,  Prof. Maryam Hosseinnia and myself will be exhibiting artwork (see below for more info). The show will also be up for two weeks if you miss the opening night!

Hope to see you at the exhibit!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Exhibiting the last remaining porcelain stars from my 'China Trade' series

Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to its 6th Affordable Art Show. Opening Tuesday May 6th, 2014 from 7 - 9 pm at Dar Al Funoon, and continuing till Thursday May 8th, 2014.

I will be exhibiting the last remaining porcelain stars from my 'China Trade' series that I made during an artists residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China and had shipped to and framed in Kuwait.
Fore more info click here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

-45 °F in Wisconsin? WTF!

In Wisconsin it is -10 °F or -23 °C right now with warnings of wind chills as low as -45 °F (about the same Celsius) and they predict it is going to be even colder Wednesday!  Stay SAFE Wisconsin!  BTW: it is a chilly 64 °F or 18 °C here in Kuwait...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

IVAN: The Reconstruction of Narcissism

IVAN: The Reconstruction of Narcissism, a debut composition by POWERHOUSE, explores the notion of using architecture and design as a vehicle for self-transformation by holding the design philosophy : “We are products of our products, therefore our products must reflect and encourage our own self development.” Rather than taking the approach from a conventional design perspective, POWERHOUSE brings artistic motivations to the fore, thus reconstituting the traditional role of the viewer from audience member to user.

Narcissism, as it is defined today, is a surrounded by a stigma of shallow self-obsession, discouraging true objective introspection. However, in their retelling of The Myth of Narcissus, POWERHOUSE imparts new potentiality on the ‘narcissistic condition’, expanding it to a state of revelation rather than one of self-infatuation. In this re-imagined, revelatory state, the water reflects a transcendent and transformed Narcissus, one free from external and internal compunction. This reconstruction presents narcissism as the acme of the human experience and as a product of complexity, rather than superficiality and obsession.

Each of the pieces encourage a stage of development through their individual characteristics, from form to function. The pieces Dither and Mull embolden the reconstructive process of narcissism, facilitating the users potential to develop. Adamantine and N+ stimulate the final stages of reconstruction, assisting the user’s culmination in this evolutionary process. The central piece of the environment, Ivan, serves as a division, or barrier of consciousness, by separating the pieces; urging the user to advance and progress. Together, the pieces serve to vitalize, and ease the user through the stages of this reconstructed narcissism.

The environment created is magnified by the implementation and focus on texture, specifically of those materials re-examined from the Kuwaiti industrial market. POWERHOUSE reintroduces outdated materials, which are the majority of what is currently available in this market, to create a hyper modern aesthetic while maintaining the practicality of function. Echo, an encompassing soundscape by Chicago’s The-Drum, completes the environment of IVAN – an experience which beseeches the viewer to seize the opportunity to reflect, to reverberate within one’s own interior long enough so that eventually, the deep, muddled desire to reconstruct our own reality grows as clear as our mirrored image.

POWERHOUSE is a composition initiative.
Nanu Al-Hamad (Al-Hamad Design) Kuwait / New York
Max Ketant (MEGA.DOPE.POP) Haiti / New York

Nanu Al-Hamad

Nanu Al-Hamad is an award-winning industrial designer and artist.  His work as founder and Director of Design of the Al-Hamad Design Studio, a design firm focusing on high-end furniture, lighting, object design, and custom made pieces, is shaping a new movement in design.  He was awarded the 2012 A’ Design Award in Furniture for his modular Gibbous chair and ottoman.  Working between west and east, Al-Hamad has shown work in Kuwait and New York. Additionally, Al-Hamad is a member of the arab gulf GCC art collective, who are showed this past fall at Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany, Sultan Gallery in Kuwait, Project Native Informant in London, and Gallery Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler in Berlin.

Max Ketant

Max Ketant is a New York based conceptual designer and creative director fusing elements of magic realism, mythology and graphic design. His work through MEGA.DOPE.POP. focuses on the use of fantasy narrative to resolve the contradiction between dream and reality. His most recent show SVN: Hi Fi created a new discourse in the art experience where he reimagined a living space as a movie set where in which viewers became active participants in the exhibition. With his iconographic art house MEGA.DOPE.POP. he intends to translate quantum mechanics into an aesthetic media that will create a global discussion on contemporary mythology through the use of design.

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Aesthetic Afterlife" opens at the Haggerty Museum of Art on January 22

Aesthetic Afterlife, an exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation, opens at the Haggerty Museum of Art on January 22 and includes artwork by William Andersen, Niki Johnson, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Heather McCalla, Jason Ramey, and Hongtao Zhou. Four exhibits will be opening that evening with Brian Ulrich lecturing at 6:00PM as part of the opening.

For more info click here and here.
Global Nomad Chic, 2008-10, traditional Kuwaiti clothing made with faux
Takashi Murakami’s LV cloth, approximately 178 x 163 x 31 cm
Global Nomad Chic, 2008-10, traditional Kuwaiti clothing made with faux
Takashi Murakami’s LV cloth, approximately 178 x 163 x 31 cm
Mierwaqi (Milwaukee in Pinyin Chinese) Electric Chainsaw, 2005-07, acrylic 
and oil enamel on Milwaukee Electric Tool chainsaw, 21 x 77 x 26 cm

Mierwaqi (Milwaukee in Pinyin Chinese) Electric Drill, 2005-07, acrylic 
and oil enamel on Milwaukee Electric Tool drill, 8 x 25 x 20 cm

Mierwaqi (Milwaukee in Pinyin Chinese) Electric Grinder, 2005-07, acrylic 
and oil enamel on Milwaukee Electric Tool grinder, 16 x 57 x 21 cm