Mohamed Abla
City Lights

From: 6-12-2009 To: 31-12-2009

City Lights

I have always believed that art is a risky undertaking which finds the artist seeking answers to the elusive question of creativity. While I personally come out from such undertakings with considerably more questions than answers, a beacon of light glimmering over the distant horizon draws me in even more compellingly and alluringly towards yet another such adventure.

To put together this collection, I immersed myself in the city night, grappling with its bright lights as they swirled around me, flashing and dimming before fading into nothingness. All along, I was intensely aware of the challenges of portraying the night and committing to canvas a whole world of light, particularly since artistic principles conventionally treat color from the perspective of a daytime world

Cairo is a place that worships the light illuminating the city's facade and highlighting its principal features. In contrast to those places which are bursting with life and light, other areas remain unlit, yet pulsing with activity. The city's night lights offer their own geographical concepts via a space that is completely different from the expected inventory of illuminated lines, brackets, swirls and dots.

Much of the city's "joie de vivre", in fact, derives from the simple folk who put up brightly colored neon lights and drape garlands of tiny sparkling lights around trees and rooftops to express their boisterous enjoyment of life's special events, thus imparting a sense of joy to a city that comes into its own, only at night.

Mohamed Abla

 
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Lights002
2009
Acrylic on Canvas - 20x25 cm
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Lights005
2009
Acrylic on Canvas - 20x25 cm
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Lights016
2009
Acrylic on Canvas - 30x40 cm
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Lights023
2009
Oil on paper - 40x50 cm
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Lights036
2009
Oil on paper - 50x62 cm
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Lights045
2009
Oil on Paper - 50x62 cm
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