Wednesday 16 March

Art Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah

Hosfelt Gallery features artists Driss Ouadahi and Jim Campbell at ART DUBAI 2011, the fifth annual leading international modern and contemporary art fair of the Middle East, from March 16-19, 2011.

In lushly colorful oil paintings, Driss Ouadahi (b. Morocco, 1959) depicts the ubiquitous high-rise -- the legacy of Modern Architecture's failed promise to improve the human condition. As renderings of impenetrable boundaries of steel, glass and concrete, they are symbols of the politics of class, religion and ethnicity. Reminders of "otherness."

In addition to these permutations of cityscape, which are representative of Ouadahi's work of the last few years, Ouadahi has begun to explore other arenas of the urban experience, including rigorously formal renderings of chain-link fencing that are both minimalist abstractions and a signifier of separation. They speak to restricted mobility in a supposedly global culture.

In spite of their beauty, Ouadahi's paintings inevitably point to dehumanization on some level. Literally, they are devoid of people. Metaphorically, they speak to separateness and the unwillingness to recognize the humanity in those who are different.

An Algerian of Berber descent, Ouadahi immigrated to study at the one of the most influential art schools in the world - the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Germany. His work has been shown in gallery and museum exhibitions in Germany, France, Switzerland, Morocco, Algeria, and the USA. In 2009 Ouadahi was awarded an artist residency and solo exhibition with catalog at the Herbert-Weisenburger-Stiftung in Rastatt, Germany. In 2010 he was invited to participate in the Cairo Biennial (Egypt) and his work was the subject of a solo exhibition with catalog at Hosfelt Gallery, New York. Ouadahi currently resides in Dusseldorf.

Jim Campbell (b. USA, 1956) makes innovative works that have set standards for art made with technology for more than twenty years. But what makes his work unique is that Campbell's media and message are inseparable. He uses technologies developed for information transfer and storage to explore human perception and memory.

His works involve grids of LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes), powered by custom-built computer circuits, that flicker on and off in a simulation of low-resolution video footage like street scenes with moving cars and pedestrians or commuters walking through New York City's Grand Central Terminal. Some of his works involve photographic transparencies mounted in front of the LED panels, resulting in a visually compelling fusion of still and moving imagery.

Exploring the line between representation and abstraction, Campbell plumbs the human ability to interpret information and "fill in the gaps" necessary to create a complete idea. His exploration of the distinction between the analogue world and its digital representation is a metaphor for the human talent for poetic understanding or "knowledge" as opposed to the mathematics of "data."

Campbell's work has been exhibited extensively internationally and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others. Scattered Light, consisting of three large-scale outdoor installations, was on view in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from October 2010 through February 2011. This year his work will be the subject of three solo museum exhibitions, at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki; and the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen.

Born in Chicago, Illinois (USA) in 1956, Campbell received two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mathematics and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978. As an engineer he holds almost twenty patents in the field of video image processing. Campbell resides in San Francisco, CA (USA).