The gentleman’s tie is an unlikely muse for an artist. But it is the point of departure for a video installation by Miguel Chevalier that turns the raw symbols of the digital age (on/off button, USB cables, binary code) into an audio-visual torrent that reacts to the movements of the viewer.
The Mexican artist’s installation is currently on show at Gallery 2 at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai (until January 13) and was created for the French fashion house Hermès to push its new range of ties adorned with these symbols.
Link-ups between fashion houses and artists can sometimes be a murky endeavour, but Chevalier’s signature innovation (and love of eye-pleasingly chunky graphics) makes this a cut well above brand-bleating.
With an immersive and reactive score composed by Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, which also syncopates with the viewer’s movements, the installation is an invitation to play with some smart technology and soak up effusive visuals at the same time.
Sticking with this threads-based theme, the Emirati artist Sara Al Haddad has her first solo show at The Pavilion this month in Gallery 1 (until February 7). Her works of embroidery reflect on the way our interior life gets frayed and entangled when it finds expression in the world.
Al Haddad has stitched melancholic, sighing statements into polyester film paper – “Oh well, Someday one day, Love is not a miscalculation” – and allowed the thread to entangle and get matted together into an abstract hash of colour. The meditative repetition inherent in embroidery is set at odds with the chaos of the result and the title of the show – Bursting at the Seams – strikes some parallel with overflowing emotions that struggle to be articulated.
Al Haddad is also the latest artist to take part in the one-month residence programme at Ductac’s Gallery of Light. She is currently working on several pieces in the gallery until January 12, before a week-long exhibition on January 15 of the works.
The gallery is open to the public throughout her residency, with visitors invited to watch and interact with Al Haddad.