|April 30, 2013
|Gallery Isabelle van den
|Left: Mohammed Kazem, Scale, 2012.
Ready-made industrial scales, dimensions approximately 200 x 100 cm.
Right: Fred Eerdekens, Miracle, 2012. Etched glass and light
source, 20.5 cm in diameter.
Fred Eerdekens and Mohammed
Poetics and Meanings
8 May–8 June, 2013
Gallery Isabelle van den
Al Quoz 1, St 8, Al Serkal Ave, #17
T/F +971 (0)4 323 5052
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde presents an exhibition featuring
Mohammed Kazem and Fred Eerdekens. In the works on view each artist holds
the material and the ephemeral in a tight dialectic to elicit alternative
modes of seeing.
Mohammed Kazem creates tangible
interpretations of immaterial forces and social experiences that interpret
fleeting source material such as the movement of nurses across a courtyard,
or the natural phenomenon of wind and sound. The works range in media from
colorful cloth pulled tautly over square wooden canvases to a massive
assemblage of industrial scales, while a series of drawings probe our
perceptions of environment.
Alongside Kazem's works, which track
immaterial human-driven and natural systems, Eerdekens crafts the
intangible forces of light and shadow to create elegant sculptural works
comprised of fluid linear forms and playful phrases. The intricate lines of
metal sculpture are rendered legible when light is cast on them, to reveal
a reflection or shadow of text.
Taken as a whole, these works
are not simply about representation and signification; they are kinetic and
charged with expressions and experiences that supersede any fixed meaning.
Each piece is laced with a barely contained volatility that reflects the
rhythm of complex social interactions, language and rhetoric, and invisible
natural phenomenon and as a consequence the exhibition demands an active
gaze from the viewer.
Whether it be the complex geopolitics of
land and identity, the social sphere of industrious medical workers, or the
rhetoric of everyday speech, the resists a distant mastery of the object,
and instead cultivates a mode of looking that understands and experiences
the artworks to reconsider the world around us and our own relationship to
By presenting the works of these artists in dialogue
with each other we reconfigure the limits of what constitutes meaning. Such
works construct an interpretive framework within a visual vernacular that
engenders a form of knowing predicated on modes of seeing.
Fred Eerdekens is a Belgian artist who for the past two decades has been
exploring our environment and atmosphere, manipulating light, material and
language in playful and complex installations that render presumed
stabilities senseless and ephemeral. His works become metaphors for the
entanglement between reality and our individual conceptions of it, whereby
both become ambivalent and yet palpable. Eerdekens has had solo exhibitions
internationally for the past two decades. His work features in public and
corporate collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art,
Bonzano, Italy, The Norton Collection, USA, the MUHKA, Musuem of
Contemporary Art, Belgium. A joint exhibition of his and Emirati artist
Mohammed Kazem's works will be held at the gallery in April 2013.
Mohammed Kazem (b. 1969, Dubai, UAE) is a pioneer of contemporary Emirati
art who creates conceptual explorations of the environment through
works on paper, film, photography and installation. Kazem's works
synthesise the continuously evolving and shifting debates about modernity
and the status of citizens within and outside their nation-states. As well
as participating in the biennials in Uzbekistan, Singapore, Egypt, Cuba and
Bangladesh, Kazem's work has been presented in several editions of the
Sharjah Biennial, winning first prize for his installations in 1999 and
2003. He will return for the second time to the Venice Biennale this year
with a solo presentation at the UAE National Pavilion.
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