Lubna Chowdhary at Gallery Isabelle Dubai | Photos
ArtDayMe: Gallery Isabelle is hosting Lubna Chowdhary artworks. Disjunctions are the name of this collection. Disjunctions, a collection of tensions cascade through the space, themselves contextualised within the opposing viewpoints of zooming out and closing in. Chowdhary frequently occupies a wide angle space, considering both the (infra) structural lay-of-the-land, within which teems an intricacy of detail. Now-iconic works like Metropolis (2019) and the Islamic Biennial-commissioned Endless Iftar (2023) capture both the vast and the minute in one generous gesture. The built environment looms: in Disjunctions, Bind (2023) enlists industrial materials into an exploration of their potential for art-making that not only references the systems and infrastructures of our built environment, but also the industrial conformity of our time. Yet it is within language itself—the ultimate structure enfolding us all—that Chowdhary navigates, raising incisive questions on the nature of syntax, semiotics, and semantics. Borrowing from quotidian symbols found in the urban landscape, the artist reappropriates logos, advertising, and branding images in the series Sign (2023) and Code (2023), merging them with spiritual iconographic symbols. In the large ceramic panels, composed of individual machine cut tiles, their sleek and glossy surface is glazed in vivid hues and arranged to fit like pieces of a puzzle. In her Code paintings, she also plays with pre-cut shapes and signs, which she has found in her environment, constructed into a jigsaw of interlocking patterns and rhythmic sequences. In Switch (2023), the artist creates a series of collages made with round sticker labels adhered to pink graph paper. The composition references histories of geometric abstraction, its patina flits between commercial excess and hand-crafted work. Each circular sticker of varying sizes is painted in subtle shades ofred and applied to the surface to create a swell of cell-like forms guided by the papers gridlines. For Chowdhary, there is "a short distance between thinking and making that happens intuitively - making in an unhindered way," which results in the artist's individual expression. Chowdhary (b. 1964, Dodoma, Tanzania) lives and works in London. She received The Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Travel Award in 1990 and has since earned three Arts Council England Awards. Chowdhary's work is included in the public collections of The Government Art Collection; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Leicester City Museum; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Mead Gallery, Warwick; Nottingham Castle Museum; Oldham Art Gallery; Poole Museum; SCVA Norwich; and Ishara Foundation Dubai. More of the Artist's work will be exclusively showcased in the upcoming Abu Dhabi Art fair from 22 to 26 November, 2023. Interested can visit this exhibition until 05 January 2023 at Gallery Isabelle Dubai .