Friends, food and a good conversation. A simple and enduring combination of ingredients made unique by what our guests infuse the evening with. As an ice breaker to Selections' latest project, we have invited friends to toast Selections' Viewing Rooms, our new collecting series made up of frequent online shows that combine works for sale presented by galleries and artists from around the world. Our first show is dedicated to the countless stories we have exchanged with these brilliant individuals, talking about art and other stories.
Adel El Siwi
Katya A. Traboulsi
Montaser El Kharashi
Sacha Abou Khalil
Omar NajjarScream, 2018 Oil on canvas
75 x 90 cm
Ahmed AskalanySitting Man, 2015 Bronze
40 x 30 x 25 cm
$ 6,500$ 6,500
Nour MalasTwelve Desperate Egg-Plants, 2019 Plaster, real eggs
15 cm each
"My practice explores the notions of spatiotemporal identity and the semiotics of relations with other beings, focusing on a dialogue between dissimilar forms, and how they may consolidate or interrupt each other. Contextually, I am keen on raising the question of dynamism, or failed dynamism, that two exclusive beings, or societies, could have with one another. Twelve Desperate Egg-Plants explores the barriers of discontinuity between the organic and inorganic, where real eggs are made to coexist with nonliving, plaster cast eggplants. This pairing questions the extent to which continuity can be achieved between two singular individual forms. The artwork also considers the placement of oneself within a foreign space."
Katya A.TraboulsiUntitled, 2005 Mixed media on canvas
132 x 120 cm
Othman MoussaFive Quinces, 2017
Recently, the impact of the Syrian conflict has entered Othman Moussa’s compositions, turning everyday objects into subjects of war. Isolating his objects, he focuses on jarring pairings. In these latest works, something as simple as food is now transformed into a weapon, reflecting the presence of violence in the most minor details of life.
Hany RashedIn the Garden, 2007 Mixed media and collage
45 x 45 cm
Haydeh AyaziUntitled, 2020
In this work, using her typical dark humor, Ayazi plunges the viewer into a bizarre scene, a moment frozen in time that finds its protagonists in the middle of a story, with no beginning and no end. The presence of chickens amid the crowd alludes to Iran’s inflation crisis that severely impacted the price and availability of eggs. There is plenty more to be deciphered, however, with Ayazi planting symbols and intrigue for the viewer to unravel.
Fereydoun Ave in his studio
Khaled TakretiLa Poule aux Oeufs D'or Acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Rana SamaraProsthetics, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
207 × 530 cm
Adel El SiwiThe Hat, 2018 Mixed media on canvas
120 x 140 cm
Kais SalmanUntitled, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
122 x 207 cm
United by my interest in materiality and rich surface textures, I use my work to explore topical urban issues, documenting everyday city people who are often neglected and displaced in the drive toward excessive urbanisation, rapid modern development and the growing global economy. The focus of this exhibition is the global issues of migration [paintings] and free speech [sculptures]. I have employed materials such as Dhurrie Rugs, dyed and stitched heavy cotton in the paintings, bronze and stone in the sculptures.
The sculptures in this exhibition highlight the issues of free speech. These anonymous almost faceless sculptures in bronze and stone are created to start a discourse around freedom of speech, which is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community.
Alimi Adewale on his exhibition Intersection
Tammam AzzamUntitled, 2015
Recently, Tammam Azzam has returned to painting with Storeys, a series of monumental works on canvas that communicate the magnitude of devastation experienced across his native country through expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes. Chronicling the current state of his homeland, Azzam delves into a cathartic exercise of reconstruction, storey by storey. Alongside these new paintings, he has produced a significant body of giclée prints and installations that depict the facets of cities through similar themes.
Houssam BallanGreed, 2019
Houssam Ballan's work Greed draws heavily on observations and experiences in his homeland, and portrays characters whose fear and sombre spirit are conveyed by the colours and setting, expressing the intense desire of gluttonous accumulation without consideration, merit or humility.
Bashar AlhroubMapping nowhere #2, 2020 Woodcut print, 1/1, 75-year-old paper
23 x 32 cm each
Ahmed AskalanyDrinking Hippo, 2016 Polyester
50 x 55 x 35 cm
Hiba KalacheMy Shoes Got Worn Out. I Am An Honest Man, The Son Of An Honest Man, 2019
The series of drawings, Encounters – ongoing, which first appeared in the Journal Art Margins (Vol. 8, no.3), stems from chance meetings on leisurely road trips around the mountains of Lebanon. The drawings act as markers of Kalache’s conversations with landowners, farmers and people directly working in the fields. Each conversation is represented by a simple tree branch, or a fragment of a (flowering) plant, belonging to the site and moment the encounter took place. This fragment indexes an encounter in which the farmer’s story, experience or relationship to the land and its borders was shared. Excerpts from these exchanges are also hand-written on the picture plane. In the directness of the creative process, and the abstraction of the conversations, this project alludes to, and yet blurs, the sectarian divisions upon which the ownership of land is based, as well as a present geopolitical context. The drawings share the marking of unplanned encounters through the representations of fragmented personal accounts along specific terrains and borders.
Montaser El KharashiUntitled, 2019
Montaser El Kharashi explores “the concept of time as an abstract thought of the passing of days” and captures the philosophy of us intertwining within time. With fish representing the motion of livelihood and pursuit, and leaves symbolising the purity of life and virtue, this is a celebration of both the present moment and our daily habits in the context of romantic interactions.
Mohannad OrabiMy Mother Dinner Table , 2017
Mohannad Orabi’s work is inspired by his own life, and uses cutout wood and colored canvas, in what the artist terms an experiment that gives another dimension to the artwork, saying “It feels like taking the object out of the canvas and letting it fly in space”.
Mohannad Orabi in his studio
Seroj BarseghianUntitled, 2020 Oil on canvas
100 x 150 x 4 cm
Ghaylan SafadiUntitled 19, 2020
Ghaylan Safadi's works focus on the cartoon imagery in order to produce sketch-like social vignettes. The compositions are teeming with diverse figures, each playing a role in narrating these disquieting scenes. The picture touches upon social and political issues, tells a story and unveils an uneasy truth about the troubled climate of today’s world.$ 2,500
Larissa SansourBethlehem 7, 2019 C-print
75 x 100 cm
Edition of 6 plus 3 artist's proofs
Mohammed al ShammareyHoming Pigeon, 2020 Mixed media on canvas
180 x 180 cm
Mohammed Al-ShammareyHoming Pigeon, 2020 Ink on paper
120 x 120 cm in total for the eight drawings
Portfolio box of eight drawings, 120 x 120 cm in total for the Eight Drawings.
Moataz NasrThe Mac Gate, 2019
A choral quest towards shared experiences and aspirations via multiple forms of artistic expression, ranging from painting and sculpture, to photography, video and drawing, Moataz Nasr addresses social, philosophical, historical, geographical and political issues, his realm of investigation emerging from his diverse roots to embrace the rest of the world. Firmly rooted in his place of birth but blending seamlessly with the broader contemporary society, the artist employs his geographical origins as a pretext to go beyond political and religious borders and to project himself into a dialogue with different histories and cultures. His entire body of work expresses this desire to visualise collective dynamics, starting with a careful and sensitive documentation of personalities which are both individual and universal.
Halim KarabibeneSiesta in Gammarth, Berlin Bizerte, 2014 Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm
Gouider TrikiFoule Fous, 2015 Oil on paper on canvas
101.5 x 66.5 cm
Neda RazavipourUntitled , 2015 Light box
122 x 122 x 9 cm
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs