Shaikha Al Mazrou

Expansion/ Extension

17 Sep – 1 Nov 2018

Shaikha Al Mazrou, Engage (Diptych), 2018

Dear “firstname”,

I hope you are well.

I am pleased to share with you, Shaikha Al Mazrou’s debut solo exhibition in the gallery titled Expansion/Extension, opening on Monday, 17 September from 6 – 9 PM. The title draws from the artist’s own experience conceiving the show – expanding and extending her research into the meaning of sculpture, material and its representational function.

Soft, squashy, spongy –not qualities normally associated with steel structures, yet in this new series Al Mazrou makes them appear inherent. Each of the seven wet coated steel pieces created for the exhibition has an element of surprise, playing with positive and negative tension and illusions of colour and material.

The influence of Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt and Carle Andre are all discernable in her work. Fascinated by notions of physical space, her sculptures and installations materialize as simple gestures that emphasize the representation of tension, weight and space, whilst borrowing formally from minimalism and intellectually from conceptual art.

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