Award Director and event curator, Rebia Naim, commented: "The event aims at showing the diversity in contemporary art, from cultural background that influences the artist's style, to medium that unveils innovative and experimental art practices, making us realise there is no one definition to it.”
The exhibition, which gathers 16 laureates from previous editions, coincides with the Open Call for the 2015-2016 award edition and aims at encouraging both Emirati and international artists with ambitious career plans to take part in the award program. Entries will be received until 15 January 2016 through online registration at www.emergingartistaward.com
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach has been an active player in developing the local art scene providing support to both artists and art organisations to set up exclusive art shows in its 5* venues. As the official hospitality partner of the 4th International Emerging Artist Award, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach will provide an outstanding stay package to the winners contributing to the enhancement of the artists' career and certainly the promotion of the city as an artsy destination.
Artists in show
Asian Head, 2014
3D Print, 30 x 30 x 45 cm
Beyond the raw aspect of bodies, I intend to breathe a new dimension into them, a dimension that is my own personal view and through which I offer a unique, different understanding of their reality. I also aim for technical achievement in order to astonish and surprise viewers, and to pique their curiosity. Their reaction to my sculptures is an integral part of my artistic approach. I am always amused to see spectators put on their near-sight glasses to look inside the sculptures, as if they were looking for their hidden secret.
Painting, mix media
50 x 70 cm
My work is influenced by the environment psychology and how we respond to it, how we interact with the space around us and the emotional content that landscape and man-made objects seem to stir up. The object happen to become absorbent. It then refuses its representational or symbolic condition and becomes something like an echo or an instrument.
Watercolor on paper, 2013
50 x 70 cm
My work depicts the energy that flows from the fabric of our universe. Through colorful swirls it portrays beautiful scenes where the human being exist in harmony with nature and demonstrates how life is interconnected. It exerts a hypnotic effect on the viewer, allowing him to actually experience the energy on an emotional and instinctual level. I have also shared in this painting some life experiences regardless our culture.
The Dot. , 2014
Marker on wood, 120 x 120 cm
I see exteriors transformed into vibrant intricate black and white lines. My work just like everything that lives is a developing matter, simple yet extremely complicated but progressively organic. With the piece "The Dot" I directly state that it doesn't take much to create a lot, everything was once nothing though nothing will ever be everything.
Fabric necklace, 2015
My work uses recovered materials to show that inanimate objects can be re-used and reinvented as something else: a piece of jewelry for example. Lima, my home, is a city of re-use and invention where creativity means survival. Here nothing is discarded. This is why I find a correlation between my work and the life of vultures-animals who despite eating rotten meat and garbage live a happy and healthy life.
In Search of Miraculous Tribute , 2013
Ink and acrylic on paper, local stones and branches.
The artwork is a tribute to the last unsuccessful adventure of Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader. It is also a reflection about our exposure before the forces of nature: fragile and challenging at the same time.
I mainly focus my practice in the intersection of art, politics and everyday life
Modular Stone Table (set of 8)
60 x 60 x 45 cm
Her work stems from, but does not imitate, Islamic design. She is inspired by the ability of traditional Islamic art to communicate emotions through the use of simple geometry and vibrant color, and is drawn to the balance achieved through the symmetry in this abstract from of art.
Noor has created her artistic language by adapting Islamic geometric design into contemporary art. She subsequently applies it in painting, sculpture, and furniture design to respectively highlight its most unique values: power of color, simplicity in form and undeniable beauty.
Pigeon Man, 2011
Mixed media on canvas, 90 x 160 cm
Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine,
Under every grief and pine,
Runs a joy with silken twine.
It is right it should be so,
We were made for joy and woe,
And when this we rightly know,
Through the world we safely go.
by William Blake
United Arab Emirates
Safe Trip, 2015
Mix media, 40 x 60 cm
When interacting with art a unique experience takes flight. Sketches of well known paintings are combined with aviation advertisements to wish everyone a safe artistic trip.
Colony of thoughts, 2015
Ink on paper
The piece explores the notion of infinity of infinities a paradox mathematical problem introduced by the famous mathematician Godel. In an attempt to grasp this notion the brain is unable to do anything more than build a colony of thoughts around it, hence the repetitive infinity sign that I used to build what looks like a termite colony.
Chronicles of Anna, 2014
Born in 1966, Eric Pottier was very early fascinated by conceptual art. In constant search of aesthetic, Eric got inspired by the hit series The Chronicles of Anna. Thus, the symbol of the apple became his main source of expression. Eric stands as a spectator of our world and takes us towards a universe of dreams and utopia through his art.
Wood, fabric, paint, metal, ready-made objects
The artwork has been inspired by the French artist Marcel Vertes. He was known as one of the best forgers of Toulouse Lautrec works. Vertes’ recognizable, ironical and sarcastic style was a key to his success as an artist and his successful commercial designs for the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. I have translated one of Vertes drawings to allude to the issue of the stereotypical idea of aesthetic and branding. My work features the fictional fashion label “Shausmas”, which translates from Latvian as horrible. My goal is to communicate different levels of existence such as: artist as artist; artist as salesperson; artist as merchandise and even a model.
Shouting-hit-or-miss 1&2, diptych
Screen print on 300 grs black stock, 2015
60 x 80 cm, edition of 25.
My artistic practice deals with ideas of multi-parallel entities in a digitized society, using digital collage as a pivotal element of diverse practice. Phantom like creations take shape as paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, animation and mixed media installation to coalesce into a vibrant image of transformation.
Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
At a large intersection, people cross it while dodging each other without talking. This is the contrast I try to highlight through my art which can be noticed in big cities with skyscraper, brilliant neon lights, traditional temples and great nature. It is a metaphoric expression of group consciousness where each role played by the individual must stand out.
Sleep Series, 2015
Sewing on pillow, 70 x 90 cm
Dream is such a window open to a board universe. In dreaming we are observes who stare into the farthest most terrible wonderful and coming back to the real world achieving exclusive experiences. Images of us in dreams are revealed in the right truest evidence; an original icon which introduces us to the peripheral world wildly. Pillow is a metonymy of a dream; as a canvas embraces the next of body.
A Never Ending Story, 2015
Video Art, 15s
Petra Kaltenbach is observing Dubai. "A never ending story" shows an essential aspect of Dubai : The daily Sisyphean task with the everlasting sand.