Sunaina Rana / Emirates Business
La Galerie Nationaleâ€™s French owner Guillaume Cuiry organised an Art Preview titled â€˜Face to Faceâ€™ for the art aficionados in Dubai.
While talking about the exhibition, Guillaume Cuiry said, â€œâ€˜Face to Faceâ€™ is exciting and is a personal journey for all visitors. This exhibition would offer a glimpse of the artworks made by the five artists in their own special and individual medium.â€
Cuiry further told Emirates Business, â€œThe diversity of the works on the display can be felt all at once. Philippe Pasquaâ€™s works strike the visitor with an almost physical impact, but also, like a vision, that is at the same time explosive and incisive. The monumental format of the artistâ€™s grand drawings and canvases is dictated by the breadth of his gestures â€” a dance where brutality and finesse, trance and lucidity alternate.â€
The exhibition is a collaboration of five artists with diverse backgrounds. â€˜Face to Faceâ€™ would exhibit seven artworks from French artist Philippe Pasqua called â€˜The Blindâ€™ series; two main artworks from Fred Kleinberg titled â€˜Portraitâ€™ series; three pieces by Lebanese artist and painter Katia Traboulsi in the series called â€˜Insiderâ€™. Belgian sculptor Arnaud Rivieren presented The Console/Bar from the â€˜Meeting Pointâ€™ series; while French artist Pierre Marie Lejeune showcased Cripto, one of his most iconic artworks.
â€œKatya Traboulsiâ€™s creative process embraces art in all its forms. She expresses her creativity in the language of art: her fears, hopes, and frustrations, communicating visually the influence of her past, wanting people to remember that we are all connected, and we are all affected. Art is a witness of its timeâ€”the artistâ€™s life is told in his or her work,â€ moving on to the sculptors participating at the exhibition, he said, â€œDubbed â€˜a scientist of spatial subterfuge, a doctor of dynamics, and the crown prince of the circleâ€™, Arnaud Rivieren is a master sculptor. While Pierre Marie Lejeuneâ€™s sculptures express the telluric energy that flows from the earth and once free from gravity, flies towards heaven.â€
The amalgamation of objects in the exhibition nurtures a kind of culmination of this inquisitive mind towards a more collaborative approach with a desire to exchange and engage in friendly reunions. The artists work is a doorway to his/ her journey, which allows the onlookers to explore into the artistâ€™s life.