Labyrinth
Labyrinth

From: 9-11-2008 To: 4-12-2008
Alexandria

The works on display here may contain an illusion or a trick?
The closer one gets, the more compellingly one is drawn to the very most centre of a special world - a world that does not yield itself to any concrete meaning. Strangely, however, as you move away an image takes shape with clearly identifiable scenes of street life, teeming with humanity. Its streets, alleyways, roundabouts, markets and houses are the backdrop to vibrant human activity.
The viewer finds himself in front of a jumble representing the city, the world, and the hustle and bustle of life itself. Once we find ourselves in its centre, its features blur and lose their clarity. Paradoxically, a distance must always be maintained between the viewer and the works in order not lose sight of this image. Perhaps, however, if we look at the works through slightly closed eyes, the image might emerge even more vividly.
The early 80s saw the first stirrings of the 'Labyrinth' project. For inspiration, I used to go up to the top most part of the Mukattam, the Cairo Tower or, in fact, any other towering structure. From those elevated spots I could almost feel myself soaring over the length and breadth of the city as it shimmered with movement, light and colour. In fact, the project kept coming back to entice me at sporadic intervals, leading me to actually depict it on canvas on three separate occasions.
This time round, the Labyrinth coincides with my own artistic dilemma which finds me at a crossroads between distance and proximity, abstraction and reality. All that I urge of the viewer is to maintain the required distance from the works so that the image can be viewed as an organic whole, allowing us both to abandon ourselves to the intricacies of the Labyrinth.

Mohamed Abla

 

 
Exhibition Collection:
All Collection   I   Available
M.Labyrinth_012
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 50x60 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_022
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 60x80 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_001
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 20x30 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_004
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 35x40 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_005
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 40x50 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_006
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 40x50 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_007
2007
Acrylic on Canvas - 40x50 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_010
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 40x50 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_011
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 40x50 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_014
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 50x60 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_015
2008
Acrylic on Canas - 50x60 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_016
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 50x60 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_017
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 50x70 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_018
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 50x70 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_019
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 50x70 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_020
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 60x80 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_021
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 60x80 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_023
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 60x80 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_024
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 60x80 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_025
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 80x120 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_026
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 80x120 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_027
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 80x120 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_030
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x140 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_031
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x140 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_032
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x140 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_033
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x140 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_034
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x140 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_035
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x140 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_036
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x140 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_037
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 120x150 cm
Private Acquisitions
M.Labyrinth_038
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 140x160 cm
Available
M.Labyrinth_039
2008
Acrylic on Canvas - 140x160 cm
Available
   
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