A SPECTACULAR ART INSTALLATION LANDS AT VIDA DOWNTOWN DUBAI
The Mine Gallery and Vida Downtown Dubai unveil their latest art collaboration
As one of Dubai’s biggest social and cultural events is approaching, the city is gearing up for the grand opening of the Middle East’s largest Art and Design Fairs, Art Dubai and Design Days. Inspired by the art and creativity that’s on display during the month of March, the stunning boutique hotel, Vida Downtown Dubai collaborates with The Mine, a contemporary art gallery for unique emerging artists to unveil the second edition of #ARTINVIDA- one of the property’s many art driven initiatives to promote artistic dialogue and support the works of emerging artists in the region.
For this special collaboration, The Mine will be presenting the renowned Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi to create a site-specific installation titled “Reverse Volume” within the hotel’s minimalistic and contemporary interiors, in line with VIDA’s commitment to support the emerging local arts scene. The grand installation sculpted for VIDA Downtown Dubai’s high-ceiling lobby area, is the result of a joint effort to promote the artistic intervention of international and local emerging artists in public spaces to connect travellers and locals alike with the surrounding vibrant cultural landscape beyond the traditional gallery space.
Reverse Volume, the intricate yet monumental mountain-like structure, which appears to float in space in the hotel lobby, is made up of unexpected rudimentary materials. Yasuaki Onishi uses plastic sheeting and black hot glue in a process he calls “casting the invisible” which involves the dressing of the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. This process of “reversing” sculptures is Onishi’s reflection on the nature of the negative space. The molded form occupies the space and envelops the viewer who is invited to experience the installation by way of either walking beneath the sculpture or around it.
With a strong dedication to the arts, through this collaboration, Vida Downtown Dubai will provide the opportunity to showcase for the first time a unique art installation offering their guests a unique and culturally inspiring experience.
The unveiling of the installation will take place on March 16 at VIDA Downtown Dubai and will carry on throughout the month of March.
About the Artist: Yasuaki Onishi
Born in Osaka (1979), Onishi studied sculpture at the University of Tsukuba and at Kyoto City University of the Arts. His work has been widely exhibited in Japan since 2002 but he has also participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Sweden, Germany, France, Russia, and the UAE among others. In 2010, Onishi was the recipient of a United States-Japan Foundation Fellowship that included a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and was also a grantee of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York.
VIDA Downtown Dubai
Located Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
The Old Town, Downtown Dubai
PO Box 114788, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Street 8a (Opposite AlSerkal Avenue)
Warehouse 38, Al Quoz 1
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