x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Nature’s Duet at Farjam Foundation

A handout image of Daisuke Ohba, UROBOROS (WOODS), 180x220cm, Acrylic on cotton and wood panel, 2008 from Nature's Duet exhibition at the Farjam Foundation in Dubai. (Courtesy: Farjam Foundation)
A handout image of Daisuke Ohba, UROBOROS (WOODS), 180x220cm, Acrylic on cotton and wood panel, 2008 from Nature's Duet exhibition at the Farjam Foundation in Dubai. (Courtesy: Farjam Foundation)

Last week, I paid a well overdue visit to the Farjam Foundation and was really moved by the delicate balance of the show. Nature’s Duet is a dual exhibition by Jorge Mayet, a Cuban aritst who lives in exile in Mallorca and Daisuke Ohba, an emerging Japanese artist who is gaining international recognition.

Hanging in the window and in the centre space of the upstairs hall are two beautifully crafted uprooted trees made from electric cable and feathers. In an obvious nod to the fact that Mayet is mourning his loss of his originial country and is existing like an uprooted tree, the installation marries really well with Ohba’s paintings that hang at the back of the upper level.

Obha paints with pearlescent paint that changes colour depending on the angle you look at it. This means that the woodland trees he paints, dance in the sunlight and settle in the shadows, much like they would in real life and his geometric patterns take on new life, depending on the time of day.

Downstairs, Mayet’s oil paintings populate the walls and the level of detail is simply stunning. They depict imagined landscapes on land and sea and are so photorealistic that you can find yourself lost in those environments.

As always with Farjam Foundation, the pieces are from the private collection of Dr Farhad Farjam and are not for sale. It is just a wonderful opportunity to discover new artists and new works.

* Nature’s Duet runs until June at the Farjam Foundation in Dubai International Financial Centre