‘Third Dimension’: Yearning for freedom meets message-free expression

Orient Gallery in Abdoun  “The Third Dimension.”
Mohammad Nasrallah and Bader Mahasneh’s artworks exhibited in Orient Gallery in Abdoun under the title of “The Third Dimension.” (Photo: Tamara Abdin/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Inspired by life, freedom, and nature, Mohammad Nasrallah and Bader Mahasneh’s artworks are being exhibited in Orient Gallery in Abdoun under the title of “The Third Dimension.”اضافة اعلان

Nasrallah’s paintings employ a modern take on surrealism in a manifestation of the humanitarian need for liberty. The artist finds it hard to explain his art and, thus, delegates the role to the audience to view it from their own lens.

The artist, who often resorts to an expressionistic style, presented a collection that is consistent yet different.

As he draws inspiration from his background and upbringing, the paintings reflect a Middle Eastern touch, with desert-like aesthetics, sandy hues, and wooden textures. This is incorporated with other elements of nature with blue and green colors for sea and grass.

His paintings are mostly centered on female figures and supported by birds and animals, bare trees, full moons, and mountains in the distance. Nasrallah’s sharp brush strokes show his creativity and bring forth a sense of abruptness with shapes that seem almost decapitated.

The use of distance, colors, and shadows creates the illusion of an alternate dimension in his paintings. With an interesting scaling of size and a sharp contrast between the shapes and the background, Nasrallah revisits abstraction and symbolism.

According to a statement published by Orient Gallery, “Nasrallah presents a collection of living emblems that soar with a yearning for life and the search for the meaning of beauty and love, collectively realizing dreams.”

The artist therefore envisions beauty and freedom in his art, “two values without which a human cannot exist,” as he “carries on his search for truths about himself and the world.”

As for Mahasneh, his creative process is rooted in a constant cycle of work inspiring work. The artist told Jordan News that he focuses on visuals and aesthetics that reflect events happening around the world.

“Simply put, I synthesize raw materials,” he said.

His sculptures draw inspiration from nature while disfiguring typical forms and deconstructing body shapes. He uses neutral earthy colors in addition to some blue stones and white marble. Tiny sculptures that blur the lines between animal and human filled the shelf of the gallery as well.

Other artworks showcased ears, feet, and bare-chested figures with interesting silhouettes. The sculptures, some standing up while others bowing down, stood on pedestals and in shelters, reflecting primitive images.

Mahasneh prioritizes shape and form in his art over language and information. According to him, the message or the statement behind the artwork is of the least significance.

“I try to remove myself from my art. The shapes I make are an event that draws a reaction from the audience. The message relies on them and their understanding,” he said. “But when people project themselves onto the work, I consider that an offense. It does my art an injustice, in a way.”

The thought process, the artist explains, must follow the artistic process, and not precede it. As he visually narrates an event, the rest of the work falls on the audience.

The art exhibition will continue until June 24, open to the public from 10am until 7pm, with the exception of Fridays.

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