Mark Your Calendar for June brings you events from Asia to America: Singapore art scene is booming with exposing the local scene to international flavors, Gallery 6 is hosting a ONE DAY Exclusive PERVIEW of rewarded artist Sana Arjumand before her grand opening show in Austerlia, Jeddah will be stunned with Walid Al Maseri subjective chair at Ayyam Gallery and an interesting book launch in USA featuring Wendi Norris and other prominent art hubs.
Of course this is the first edition of June – Mark Your Calendar events lists, keep passing by because it is updated regularly during the month in MarkYourCalendar Page.
Because summer is very quiet months in worldwide art scene, many galleries extend their “end of season” exhibitions and events opened in June until July and some to August. Here is your June / July list of shows to catch up if in your town, something different to do in summer 🙂
Shona Nunan & Sarah Danays
What: Group exhibition of British sculptor and photographer Sarah Danays, and Australian artist Shona Nunan.
Opening Reception: 26th July18:30 to 21:30
Duration: july 26 – august 4
Location: La Rondine, Tuscany, Italy.
Contemporary Art Platform
The Class of Chairs
What: The Class of Chairs is a satirical commentary on the stereotypical characters found within school life. The school culture in Kuwait is relatable to Hollywood’s pop-cultural representation of the high school hierarchy and social groups found in playgrounds and classrooms.
The collection of chairs is a literal adaptation of the different student typecasts. Each chair represents an individual high school persona, where the character’s attributes are translated in the design aspect of its material and functional use. The Class of Chairs attempts to evoke nostalgic scenes of past high school memories to create a relatable experience for the viewer.
This exhibition/project is a result of one year collaborative work and research between the three architects:
Aseel AlYaqoub, Jassim AlSaddah, Yousef Al-Mehdar.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, 24th at 9:30 pm.
Duration: For two days only: 24 – 26th July 2013.
BuzzArt :: PR Passion
What: BuzzArt is the yearly fashion event by FA Gallery that gives an oppertunity of exposure to young fashion desingers and established designers to showcase their latest summer/Ramadan collection from July to August, with different themes/designers every two weeks! On the 22nd, PR Passion will be featuring carefully selected designers from London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Dubai.
When: July 22, 2013 at 9 PM
Where: FA Gallery, Kuwait.
The Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) in Kuwait
What: The Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) in collaboration with Bayt Lothan (Kuwait) will host an introductory seminar about the award for Kuwait based photographers, the seminar will be given by renowned Emirati photograher & Secretary General of Award His Exellency Ali Bin Thalith. It is an open invitation for all photographers in Kuwait to attend and learn more about participating in competation.
The Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) was launched in 2011 under “Love of Eath” theme and grand prize is 120,000 USD.
When: Monday, July 22 at 9:30 PM
Where: Bayt Lothan, Kuwait.
What: (Shadow Within 2010 – 2013) For the work in his second solo exhibition in San Francisco, Norwegian photographer Christian Houge spent months living with a pack of wolves – gaining their trust and taking remarkably intimate and revealing portraits. The gorgeously printed, large-scale color and black and white images elicit a visceral response – the wolves’ bristling fur and bared teeth seem close enough to touch. They stare directly at the viewer, fierce and wild. But Houge’s photos reveal lives that are more fascinating than ferocious – uncovering the distinct personalities of individuals as well as the complex relationships between various members of a community.
Call Of The Wild
A companion exhibition to Christian Houge’s photographs, the group show Call of the Wildfeatures work that reflects our primal, tenacious urge to explore the remote corners of the world, and the simultaneous drives to conquer and embrace nature. Artists include Joseph Beuys, Tim Hawkinson, Birgit Jensen, Michael Light, Patricia Piccinini, Alan Rath, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith and Helmut Wietz.
Opening Reception: Saturday, 20 July, 4-6pm
Duration: 20 Jul – 17 Aug 2013.
Location: Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.
What: Experimenter’s annual film based exhibition, FILAMENT opens today with Amar Kanwar‘s much acclaimed film, A Night of Prophecy, 2002.
Is it possible to understand the passage of time through poetry? And if that were so even for one special moment then would it be possible to see the future? The film travels in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland and Kashmir trying to understand the past, the severity of conflict and the cycles of change. Through poetry you suddenly see where each and all the territories are heading to, where you belong and where to intervene, if you want to. The different poetic narratives merge together, allowing us to see a more universal language of symbols and meanings. The moment when this merger in the mind takes place is the simple moment of prophecy.
FILAMENT will be on view until July 20, 2013 and in the subsequent weeks feature film work by CAMP, Naeem Mohaiemen & Omer Fast.
When: July 4th – 8th with three shows daily at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.
Curators’ Hub 2013
What: In continuation with our interest in critical curatorial practice, we are delighted to announce the third edition of theExperimenter Curators’ Hub, a crucial platform to discuss the most contemporary thought behind curating exhibitions in today’s context through the presentations of the ten participating curators of the year.
The 2-day event will see a coming together of Indian and international curators and the visual arts community, critics, writers, thinkers, artists, curators, collectors, theorists and people interested in contemporary practice.
Experimenter Curators’ Hub 2013 is presented in association with Pro Helvetia – The Swiss Arts Council and is supported by the Japan Foundation, the Polish Institute, the British Council, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Take on Art Magazine & The Park Hotels.
When: Friday, 26th & Saturday, 27th July 2013.
What: Leila Heller is pleased to announce The Consumption, Negar Ahkami’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. The Consumption features a selection of new works by Ahkami, including exuberant paintings with bas-relief surfaces that depict a variety of figures in water. A fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by art historian Jane Panetta, will accompany the exhibition.
When: June 6 – July 6, 2013
What: Leila Heller is pleased to announce Summer Selects. The summer exhibition will include works by Ayad Alkadhi, Hadieh Shafie, Martin Saar, Ran Hwang, Reza Aramesh, Shiva Ahamdi, Negar Ahkami, Amiri Akahavan, Roya Akhavan, Al Braithwaite, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Pouran Jinchi, Farideh Lashai, Gayle Mandle, Julia Mandle, Leila Pazooki, Gulay Semerciouglu, Mitra Tabrizian, Khosrow Hassanzadeh and Faig Ahmed.
When: July 11 – August 24, 2013
Medley of Tenors
What: Gallery 6 presents “Medley of Tenors” a group show by 8 artists.
When: Thursday 04 July 2013 at 6 pm
Where: Gallery 6, Islamabad.
Group Exhibition in Al Qouz
What: Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (Al Quoz) present ‘R-Evolution’, a group exhibition providing an unprecedented look into the complex relationship of art and politics before and after the various uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
When: From May 19 – July 31
Khaled Jarrar in London
What: Ayyam Gallery London is pleased to announce ‘Whole in the Wall’, the first UK solo exhibition by Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar. Inspired by everyday events and experiences, Jarrar’s practice incorporates performance, video, photography and sculpture to document his observations on life in an occupied Palestine. The restrictions imposed on him and his fellow citizens have become the catalyst and subject of his occasionally satirical artistic output.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is an installation which will see Jarrar construct an imposing concrete wall extending along the length of the gallery; confronting the viewer immediately upon entering the space. In order to pass through the wall visitors will have to clamber through a hole shaped like Palestine – an allegory for the process endured by people crossing the apartheid wall in the West Bank in order to reach their homes in Palestine.
Opening Reception: Thursday, 20 June at 6pm
Duration: from 20 June – 3 August 2013.
Location: Ayyam Gallery, London
One Day Perview of Sana Arjumand
What: Gallery 6 invites you to a ONE DAY VIEWING of Sana Arjumand’s artworks exhibition proceeding to her next exhibition scheduled in Sydney in June 2013. Sana’s new work is a mesh of different mediums. She is exploring the idea of parallel universes and layers of realities that co exist. This new body of work depicts the power of human perception and the choice to choose to see what we want to see and how we want to see it. Some of her work will be available for sale in the Preview.
Sana Arjumand graduated in 2005 from NCA, Lahore and soon received recognition both nationally and internationally. She has held solo exhibitions in London, New York, Amman, Karachi and Islamabad; and group shows in Dubai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hawaii, HongKong, Seoul, Sunderland, Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Her work has been reviewed by various art critics and magazines, including the TIME Magazine, Asia Art Pacific, Art Info and Art Quarterly printed by the Christies Auction House.
When: June 1, 2013 at 7 PM
Location: Gallery 6, Islamabad.
Book Launch: Your Network Is Your Net Worth
What: The journey of journey building Wendi Norris gallery alongside with renowned venture capitalist Ann Winblad, chef Michael Minna, and San Francisco Giants owner Larry Baer and more are featured in new book written by Porter Gale called “Your Network Is Your Net Worth”. The book is about the power of connections. Porter’s book features luminaries such as. Marketing guru Guy Kawasaki wrote an amazing forward to the book as well.
When: June 4th, 2013.
The artist will present her work at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, on 19 June from 3 to 5pm. Subsequently, Sana Gallery’s private collection will be housed at Sana Fine Arts.
Opening Reception: 19 June from 3 to 5pm.
Duration: 19 June to 28 July 2013
Location: Sana Fine Arts, Sinegapore
Ikkan Art Gallery
Ambiguous Portrait of a Cunning Linguist
What: Ikkan Art Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition Ambiguous Portrait of a Cunning Linguist (Verbal Imagery in Art), showcasing artworks that use language as a medium. These works, from a selection of international artists, concentrate on the material qualities of language – visual, aural, and beyond. Our minds work in a hybrid of visual and verbal modes, and many artists give these categories equal value – the power of a word being as important as an image. Combining words and images in inventive ways challenges audiences to rethink the interplay between visual and verbal communication.
Opening Reception: 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Fri. 7 June 2013
Duration: 8 June – 27 July 2013
Location: Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore
Sumarria Lunn Gallery
What: Curated by Noor Kadhim and Piero Tomassoni, This exhibition brings together the work of Rä di Martino, an Italian artist whose travels have taken her across North Africa, and Nedim Kufi, an exiled Iraqi artist who now lives and works in the Netherlands. The show will present a dialogue between the two artists’ works, exploring the relationship between fiction and reality, past and future, and the ethereal concept of home and habitat. In particular, what does home represent for displaced peoples, and to what extent is there an interrelationship between the real and the imagined, when one thinks of home?
While Rä di Martino presents the ruined homes of a fictional future, Nedim Kufi offers a future solution to answer the real destruction of housing in war-torn states. Far more than just a single structure, home represents something much broader than bricks and mortar. It is a state of belonging that exists as much in the mind as within the built environment.
Opening Reception: Wednesday 5th June | 6 – 9pm
Duration: 6th June to 28th June
Location: Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London.
Walid Al Mesri in Jeddah
What: Ayyam Gallery Jeddah is pleased to present ‘The Seat of Perception III’, a solo exhibition of paintings by Lebanese artist Walid El-Masri, n recent years concentrated his attention on a single material subject for his dynamic canvases: a chair. In each of his paintings, he pares down the architecture of the chair to a simple and evocative configuration of shapes and lines, and positions it so that this form is unexpectedly truncated or cropped by the edge of the canvas.
Through his continuing focus on the unassuming but immediately recognisable form of a chair, El-Masri explores different configurations of colour, pattern and texture in his work. Although ostensibly treating the same subject matter, each of his paintings has a vitality and movement of its own, animated by the movement of expressively applied paint. El-Masri’s paintings defy categorisation as either figurative or abstract: the suggestion of spatial perspective achieved by his elegantly delineated shapes is offset by the flatness of the picture plane and areas of two-dimensional pattern.
Opening Reception: Tuesday 4 June at 7pm
Duration: from 4 June – 10 July 2013.
Location: Ayyam Gallery, Jeddah