Spotlight N’Namdi Gallery and featured Artist Adnan Charara’s memorable exhibit which is scheduled to end this weekend.
Featured Artist: Adnan Charara
Elements of Whimsy
September 12 – October 25, 2014
52 E. Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
Last chance to view the paintings of featured Artist Adnan Charara at N’Namdi Center in Midtown. His Elements of Whimsy exhibit comes to an end this weekend on the 25th of October. Please click on video to view photographs and video footage taken of the exhibit during DLECTRICITY 2014.
The following was posted online by the artist prior to the start of his current exhibit at N’Namdi Center in Midtown;
“I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art for Michigan! To introduce me into George N’Namdi’s center, there will be an exhibition featuring large scale paintings, small collages, and found object sculptures opening on September 12, 2014. It would be my pleasure for everyone to join me and see where my work has been taking me this summer, this year, this decade. All of these paintings have been created in the past year and are developments of my collage work. They explore identity, politics and human relationships through fragmented portraiture…”, Adnan Charara. Read more at http://www.adnancharara.com/adnans-studio-news/2014/9/4/elements-of-whimsy-at-nnamdi-center
ABOUT THE ARTIST
“Adnan Charara is a Lebanese-American artist who has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1982. With an unquenchable thirst to create since he was a child, he drew, painted, sculpted and assembled his way from Seattle to Boston to Detroit, where he currently makes his artistic home. Adnan works in multiple mediums with several ideas at a time, treating his studio practice like a detail-oriented factory. His hard-working dedication is masked, however, by his whimsical and humorous treatment of serious subjects. Adnan resides in Dearborn, a quick drive from the Cass Corridor neighborhood that houses his studio. He bought the historic Astro building in 2011 with an ambitious plan to develop it into a multifunctional space, including an exquisite gallery, gift shop, two store-fronts and his sprawling subdivided studio. That plan has come to life with the help of architects and designers, and he continues to focus his energy on both his artwork and his community involvement.”– Read more http://www.adnancharara.com/bio/
ABOUT THE ARTIST’S WORK
“Adnan Charara brings a sly sense of humor to his work. He paints, does collage, and creates sculpture from found objects. Found or not, nearly all of the works in this exhibition possess elements inherently in conflict, while to the eye they maintain aesthetic harmony. Conflict creates dramatic tension, imposes a narrative arc, but in Charara’s work it brings the funny too. In this show, the work projects wry humor. That’s the hook to bring you closer.
Picture a rusty washing machine standing in a yard beside a house. In the background, a sun-dappled meadow sprawls languorously. Beyond, snow-capped peaks press against a drape of cobalt sky. If the house were small and decrepit, your thoughts at the sight of the washing machine go in a specific direction. If the house were a well-maintained, super-sized McMansion your thoughts trend in a different direction.” Read more http://www.artifizz.org/Wordpress/tag/nnamdi/
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Enjoy the featured photographs and video footage taken during 2014 DLECTRICITY. The art was literally alive and in motion on the the walls of the N’Namdi Center. Special thanks to Diana Burke for assisting me during this year’s event.