To paint a 'moving' picture

Young UAE artist Nasser Abdullah speaks to City Times about his latest project, a video installation entitled 'The Painting' and his love for art

By Enid Parker (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sat 29 Sep 2007, 11:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:51 PM

PICTURE THIS: the port across from the Arts Square in Sharjah moving slowly past, creating a peaceful, almost mesmerising effect on the senses. You stare at the screen for a while, then drift off into, well, any thoughts that come to mind! That’s the beauty of ‘The Painting’ a video installation by UAE artist Nasser Abdullah, which is being displayed at DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre) till October 6.

Says the artist, “The shots were taken from a camera mounted on a moving car. A portion of the video is displayed on the white canvas and the rest overflows onto the wall, as part of the exhibition. The idea came from the notion that when an artist is painting nature, they only paint the part that is in front of them. The parts of the shots that are on the gallery wall are distant and obscure, making the viewer focus on the work on the canvas, more than the blurred images surrounding it.”

Nasser, a student of Civil Engineering at Dubai Men’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology, says art is more than just a hobby for him. “This installation ‘The Painting’ was inspired by the Arts Square in Sharjah where I get all my ideas for art from. One of my video installations, ‘Silent’ was screened at Art Attack Gallery in Dubai recently.”

Nasser, who has a diploma in graphic design and movie making, is also a painter, but believes this medium of video offers a lot more scope for imagination.

And would he like to make a full-length movie someday? “I prefer short videos, which are thoughtful and open to interpretation by the viewer. An array of thoughts may cross your mind while viewing this video, and these differ from person to person. To my mind it's more fun than having a specific story where you know the beginning and how it ends.”

Laila Binbrek, Arts Services Manager at DUCTAC, said, “We try and incorporate a variety of art and artists here and give newcomers an opportunity to showcase their work. Our next exhibition is a showcase of visual arts by our teachers, which will run from October 23 to November 11.”

'The Painting', a video installation by UAE artist Nasser Abdullah is on display at DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre), Mall of the Emirates, till October 6. Opening hours are 9am to 10pm, Saturday to Thursday. The exhibition is best viewed from 6-10 pm. Contact DUCTAC at 04-3414777 for more information

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