COLLAGE ON VIEW
Nima Nabavi and Jason Seife: Duality
at The Third Line in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
14 November 2023-5 January 2024
“Duality”, featuring new works by artists Nima Nabavi and Jason Seife, is a showing of two artists working together in symbiosis, a product of an enduring “art friendship”. In ways both literal and metaphorical, the exhibition is a way of putting pen to paper on developments that were organically occurring when two artists who share a particular way of seeing collide.
Both Nabavi and Seife think in color, shape, and line. Up close, the detail is rich and even more complex than either artist had attempted before. There is a subtlety of matching elements in response to one another. There may be a corner of blue, or a hexagon of orange, that at once appears bold as brass to Seife’s eye that becomes a gauzy layering of tones in Nabavi’s execution. Ultimately, they work in very different mediums, and although they may mirror one another structurally, the works retain the telltale idiosyncrasies of their maker’s approach. There is room for plenty of tension, perhaps, in these juxtapositions, but in keeping each work’s independence they avoid direct conflict. Working in tandem like this is hugely revealing. It entails a tangible sense of mutual respect and the deep knowing of someone else which extends, at its most intimate, into the anticipation of their next move. What results is a symbiosis that becomes a pas de deux.
(text adapted from material provided by the gallery)
The Third Line
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 78
Street 8, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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