exhibition review

Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger’s Lebanon-made waste-natural wonderland

A view of Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger's les extrémités de notre univers. Swiss artists Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger's site-specific, immersive installation at Sfeir-Semler gallery, les extrémités de notre univers, is delightful and smart. In fact, give me a sofa or a bed, and I’d happily live and work there for an afternoon. Details from Gerda Steiner… Continue reading Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger’s Lebanon-made waste-natural wonderland

exhibition review

Cela n’aura (peut-être pas) servi(t) à rien avec Camille Bleu-Valentin

Part of Bleu-Valentin's installation Icônes: Une Exposition   Set on the vintage tiled floor, a television set of another age broadcasts nothing but static. A bouquet was dropped off near an arrangement of concrete bricks on which one can read “Cela n’aura servit [sic] a rien” (It was all for nothing). An anti-monumental domestic shrine to the… Continue reading Cela n’aura (peut-être pas) servi(t) à rien avec Camille Bleu-Valentin

exhibition review

Looping through Roy Dib’s Revisiting Hesitation

Floor projections have been seen before, but it remains stunning to have our expectations of a vertical screen upended. Walking on the image — instead of passively upholding it — gives the spectator a liberty of action that doubles with a conundrum as to where to go, how to stand, and how to behave. Walking on the image is… Continue reading Looping through Roy Dib’s Revisiting Hesitation

art fair

What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part two

Lebanese galleries deployed the local art community’s energy and creativity through works that had, often, been previously shown in Beirut: one familiar with the city’s art scene was in for few surprises. Overall,  the offerings hardly provided consistent aesthetic, emotional or intellectual challenges. For every one of the several bright spots, there were, as a… Continue reading What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part two