London-based artist Anthea Hamilton‘s installations are wild, kinetic mix of acid tripping and high school yearbook scrapbooking. Oh, and cassette tape mixing– the awesome ones from Junior year with “Summer Jamz” scribbled in Sharpie marker. Her installations, crafted of cardboard cutouts, screen prints, hanging costumes, wacky props, and chroma key paint, are tongue-in-cheek fun that pulsates with an early 80s disco energy and, however outrageous, is far from flippant: Hamilton’s absurdity is pointed. (Her leg chair, for example, features flexed legs of perspex… and a crotch made out of a rice cake.)
Syrian artist Khaled Takreti is the spotlight of a new exhibition at the prestigious Ayyam Gallery in Dubai, debuting today and running through November 29. Although known for vibrant, saturated canvases, which seem to conjure the ghosts of Modigliani, Matisse and Warhol, his new exhibition presents a softer, more subdued approach; Takreti toning back his pigment-happy habits with a muted palette of earth tones and the occasional dramatic splashes of color in order to present a more realistic view of life. It is, in fact, Takreti’s own view of life in his homeland of Syria–the interpretation of which, with Takreti’s dramatic vacant spaces and quiet colors, is left entirely up to us.
Paris-born and Lisbon-based Joana Vasconcelos is the foremost Portuguese artist of her generation. Known for her aesthetic extravagance, her oversized textile sculptures of everyday items toe the line between whimsy and aggressiveness, and she is noted for her use of unusual materials. Vasconcelos’ beautiful hanging chandelier “The Bride”, for example, is ever so fittingly made from tampons.