Nabil Nahas’s latest solo exhibition will revolve around his fractal paintings. The fractal is a mathematical object, in which every component part identically corresponds to the whole.The fractal, part and whole, in Nahas’s work is analogous to the geometry of nature in its laws, processes, and overall logic. Each work is composed through the execution of the boundless interweaving and enfolding of different moments that constitute differential and variegated compositions, while always yielding a singular artwork. In gesturing from the finite to the infinite, Nahas alludes to a Sufi transcendentalist aesthetic, wherein the sublime in both its natural and architectural forms is evoked (think the Islamic architectural feature of the muqarnas), and the elasticity of scale between the part (micro) and the whole (macro) is preserved.
Nabil Nahas was born in Lebanon in 1949 and spent his early years in Cairo and Beirut. In 1968, he moved to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He graduated in 1971 and went on to complete a master’s degree in Fine Art in 1973 at Yale University School of Art, where he studied with abstract expressionist painter, Al Held. Nahas had his first solo exhibition at Centre d’Art in Beirut in 1972 and has since shown his work internationally. Notable solo exhibitions include Robert Miller Gallery, New York (1978, 1979, 1980); Holly Solomon Gallery, New York (1987); Sperone Westwater, New York (1997, 1999, 2005, 2013); Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
12 September - 24 October, 2019
Hassaan el Samad, a former hunter, has produced a large installation of small-scale still life paintings of dead birds. Taking the figure of the hunted bird as his starting point, he presents a taxonomical survey of the richness and multiplicity of bird species in Lebanon which have been increasingly decimated under lenient hunting laws. This work extends the themes of el Samad’s first solo exhibition which was presented at the onset of the garbage crisis and focused on waste management as it manifested in everyday life.
Hassaan el Samad was born in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts-Raoucheh, where he studied with artists such as Abdelhamid Baalbaki, Mohammad El Rawas, Ali Shams, among others. He has had solo exhibitions in Lebanese recently at Art Space Hamra (2016), and at Safadi Cultural Center in Tripoli (2015). He has participated in group exhibitions at Beirut Art Fair (2016), Art Space Hamra (2015), and Mark Hachem Gallery (2014). He is currently the chair of the department of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University’s third branch, and a member of the Art Collections Committee of the Ministry of Culture.
Memorial to Wildlife
21 June – 25 July, 2019