Young Artist Award 2015

Visitors captivated by open air exhibition
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Jan 23, 2015

DUBAI: The open space showcasing the work of a number of Emirati and UAE resident artists in Jumeirah’s City Walk has been bustling with visitors from every segment of society who are admiring their captivating work.
The “Young Artist Award” exhibition has featured 50 works by young, local and expat artists, hosted by City Walk, to be concluded on Jan 24.
The exhibition to award young aspiring artists is being held under the patronage of Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, UAE. The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award has been around since 2006 as an annual visual arts competition which aims to encourage, recognise and promote emerging artists from the UAE, and is especially popular amongst university students majoring in art, design and multimedia.
The open-air exhibition is the ideal location to host the 9th edition of the exhibition for the 50 shortlisted artworks of The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award.
The artists were Emiratis as well as many from other different nationalities.
Shamsa Abdulhameed Khoory, a student of Zayed University, displayed digital illustration “Islamic art playing cards”.
“This is a project for a graphic design course and it is about designing a pack of 13 playing cards inspired by a specific movement. I chose Islamic art and architecture. I was inspired by the different mosques around the world, the old ones and new ones, as well as the elements like the shapes of minarets and domes,” she said.
Sally Masoud, a Palestinian student from the American University of Sharjah, showcased her stunning photographic work “Melee”.
“The majority of my work deals with the notion of the unknown, the bizarre, the weird and the eccentric. I enjoy making a photograph that is unconventional and slightly strange. This series is an extension of a previous project I did called ‘Insanity’,” she said while describing her participating artwork.
Hessa Al Ajmani, a student of Zayed University displayed a subliminal self-portrait, a pencil drawing on paper.
“This portrays various symbols about who I consider myself to be, but I am rarely viewed that way. These symbols are heavily influenced by bits and pieces of things that I love, dreams that I had, my love for fantasy novels, and my obsession with the science of outer-space. The final composition is then drawn in a distorted manner to show a broken image. Making this drawing was an emotional journey that leads to a series of personal revelations,” she said.
Sema Orouk, a student of American University of Sharjah, submitted a 3D print entitled “Kufi”.
“Kufi is a lamp that is inspired by the strokes of Arabic calligraphy, specifically, Kufic calligraphy. It is the oldest form of Arabic script which was used for writing the Holy Quran and ornamenting the interiors of mosques. This piece is an attempt to reinstate the aspect of calligraphy as an element of ornamentation in a more contemporary appeal. The sketched strokes were in turn translated digitally to a three dimensional object that emphasises the same angular language,” she described.
Hatem Hatem, also a student from the American University of Sharjah, displayed a 3D print “Spina”.
“As a designer and architect, and through the process of my work, I have always pursued a complex degree of integration between the various systems of design. This view contradicts the traditional understanding of tectonics, being strictly the coming together of multiple parts to create a whole. A study in systemic integration rather focuses on bringing formal, structural, functional, and ornamental systems together through the development of a novel geometric language. ‘Spina,’ a gallery stool, is an application of my ongoing study and an exploration of a Line-to-Surface geometric language,” he said.
Furthermore, members of the public are also invited to share their experience of the exhibition with its new #ClickYAA social media photography contest. Over the course of the exhibition participants may creatively capture moments from the exhibition to post on Instagram while using the official hashtag: #ClickYAA. The best photograph will win cash prizes.
The public is also invited to vote for their favourite art work for The People’s Choice Award through the website’s online voting feature. The People’s Choice Award is distinctive in that it is the only award that is not conferred by the jury.
The winners will be announced on Jan 26 evening.

~ by jamilkhan on January 24, 2015.

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