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Painting: Acrylic, crayon, pastel on Canvas.
Nadia Jaber’s paintings jump around, scrolling between textures, flipping tabs into new color palettes and stretching materiality. She riffs between styles and ideas, cutting and scratching them like a DJ would, to curate something entirely new. The eyes and mind can keep up of course, because we’re used to this hyperactive image intake - we do it all day, everyday on our phones. “about:blank” is Nadia’s series reflecting not just on our visual ADHD but on what the mysterious machines behind social media are making us want, or think we want, and what that means for art appreciation. How about the artist as a postdigitalist algorithm, an online magpie curating a found line, shape, and color to generate an analogue version of the digital stream of information. Nadia’s work is a full-scale rebellion against the smoke and mirrors of social media, the artwork makes the virtual vibrant. Nadia takes an old-fashioned needle and neatly sews it all together. The work is generative in that it’s a remix of some other artworks. Its narrative structure is set up to tell a new story every time you see it, depending on where you start.
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In this painting, a cat-leopard has been humanized and is wearing a ruff. A ruff is an item of clothing worn in Western, Central and Northern Europe from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. Ruffs had the effect of holding the head up in a proud and lordly pose, which made them popular with nobility across Europe.
Two of the paws had been replaced for humanized hands, the middle part of the figure is represented by an abstract composition in black and white. This playful figure created through different painting elements mixed together wants to provoke a feeling of weirdness into the viewer and also challenges the possibilities of integration between the different canvases to keep the shape of the figure.
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Painting composed of 7 different canvases sewed together. Painted on the sides, so no need to frame it. Signed at the back of the painting, and delivered stretched and ready to hang.
Size: 63 W x 39.4 H x 1.4 in
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