Glass artist Jonathan Michael Davis was forced to navigate the changing context of a 2019 airport commission—for which he designed coronal sculptures—when COVID arrived. “What began as an initial attempt to find humor in playing with deceptive aesthetics and ambiguous shapes quickly turned into a dark irony.”
April Bey’s practice is grounded in the fundamental truth that systems and attitudes don’t need to be the way they are. Through both her striking aesthetic and her conceptual approach, Bey breaks down the false limitations set by the visual arts and society; she expands, melts, and redefines categories and mediums.
"Puberty" is chockfull of intelligent art-historical references, handwritten personal divulgences, casually surreal still lifes, and nude self-portraiture. Every aspect of the publication contributes to the work’s larger goal: To document the artist’s experience of HRT as a non-binary transgender person.
The fedora stays on, the jacket, too, even in the dog days of summer as Bell mills about his new show, Larry Bell & John Chamberlain. His contribution includes a corner of the south gallery occupied by his trademark glass cubes as well as vapor drawings made from cutouts and the same microparticles he applies to the cubes.
Fascinated by language, its connection to the visual, and the craft of paper making, McClure became fluent in Japanese and found herself shocked by the many mistranslations she began to encounter, attributing them not only to linguistic mistakes but also to cultural misunderstandings.
eL Seed's multimedia work combines elements of painting, sculpture, and writing. After long periods of research, he introduces text-forward art installations in different communities, using language to echo messages that are both universal and specific to the location.
Nujoom Al-Ghanem is, unquestionably, one of the pioneering artists of the UAE. She began her career as a poet and journalist, and she has since moved into multiple other mediums; she has published numerous collections, directed several films, and has represented the UAE at the Venice Biennale.
Maitha Abdalla’s oeuvre lives somewhere between the surreal world of dreams, the theatrical world of performance, and the very real cultural signifiers found within her daily life. Pulling imagery from the stories she grew up around, the young Emerati artist synthesizes nostalgia and social identity.
Hussain AlMoosawi is an Emirati designer and photographer whose work sits at the intersection of research and creativity. In an ongoing series, AlMoosawi photographs architectural facades around the United Arab Emirates, capturing and cataloging the multifaceted urban landscape.
Disney’s Oscar-winning Encanto has been widely praised for what many have described as an unprecedented degree of well-executed, even poignant, representation. It seems this feat would not have been possible without the Colombian Cultural Trust.