Category archives: Art

Painting Life: One Pixel At A Time

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Hal Lasko is probably the most famous 98-year-old who joyfully spends more than 10 hours per day just clicking at a mouse. While many members of his age group idly sit in front of a window, Hal paints on Windows 95—the computer. Hal is also legally blind. He is affectionately known as “Grandpa” or the “Pixel Art- ist,” to millions, after a vide[...]

In Conversation with Yusef Al Ahmad

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Who is Yusef Alahmad - tell us a little bit about yourself I grew up in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia. I attained a BFA in Graphic Design & Fine Arts from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. After that I moved to San Francisco, California for a MFA degree in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University. Right now, I am a part time student and a ful[...]

Magical Mystery Tour

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On a typically wet and dreary day in London, I arrived, umbrella in hand, at the doorstep of Afsoon’s Ladbroke Grove studio, and rang the buzzer. Seconds later, I was greeted by a grinning woman with mid-length jet black hair, a red neckerchief, psychedelic Doc Martens, and a quaint, super-cool jumper which read Ginsberg is God on the front, and somewhat les[...]

She Rose to the Challenge

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Labeling oneself a “longtime advocate of Middle Eastern arts” suddenly appears to be in vogue. It’s unnerving that this label is, more often than not, being used as a tool for self-glorification and even as an indicator of wealth and social status – kind of like doing charity work for the glitz and glamor aspect of it. Yet, with a bit of digging, it isn’t so[...]

Comic Relief

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Comedians and comedy professionals, they say, are among the brightest folks to have ever walked the earth. Now let’s not over exaggerate things, as comedy is not exactly brain surgery, but that does not change the fact that an exercise in comedy does entail excessive brain activity. Comedy – writing and/or performing comedy – is a cutthroat profession that y[...]

MOMO, The Arts & The Bank

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This Beirut Art Fair, from September 17 to 24 2013, we stepped into a bubble gum. Beirut’s Momo at the Souks, its restaurant and bar areas, had been covered by made to measure inflatables, the main installation of the Beirut Art Week. The installation allows visitors to push the boundaries of contemporary design, the viewer have been able to experiment a new[...]

The Turkish Recipe for Art

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Quick tip: if you’re interested in searching about the SALT institute in Turkey, don’t google, “Salt Turkey” unless you want a hundred and one ways to salt, brine, and cook a turkey. SALT is a not-for-profit art center based in Turkey whose mission is to explore cultural and historical issues and cultivate innovative programs for research and experimental t[...]

Where Art Thou Talent?

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Among a crowd of art enthusiasts and professionals, it is very easy to single out Taymour Grahne as a novice. That, of course, if you’re judging him by looks alone. He is after all, a fresh-faced 24-year-old. But on perusing the man’s list of credentials since embarking on the art world, you’ll be quick to realize Grahne is no newcomer – young blood he may b[...]

State of Art

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The “buy local” movement sweeping across the global food industry has agreeably spilled over to the art world as well, including the regional art scene, which has noticeably been nurturing homegrown talent more closely. A recent project by Dubai’s unique art and design space, Capsule Arts Studio, presents an interesting slant on the “foster the local arts” a[...]

A Cinematic Affair

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Born in 2007, AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) was established in 2007 as an independent grant-making initiative. AFAC facilitates individuals and organizations from the Arab region working in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation regionally and globally. [...]