ACTS of WAR Hamad Khalaf
June 3 - July 3 2005
SOLO EXHIBITION BY HAMAD KHALAF
Gaya Fusion as a leading contemporary art space in Bali, present ?ACTS OF WAR? a solo exhibition by Hamad Khalaf. The opening will be held on June 3rd, 2005 at 7 pm, and will be held through July 3rd , 2005.
Born in Kuwait (1971) Hamad Khalaf presents the exclusive premiere of Acts of War. The exhibition includes installations, paintings, sculpture and wearable art. As well as 5 new works from the continuing ?Enemy Revisited? series.
Since the artist?s beginnings, War and Greek Mythology have been the dominant theme. It was the invasion of Kuwait which spurred his career as artist. Following the liberation of Kuwait, Hamad collected over 1000 military objects abandoned by the Iraqi army and painted them like ancient Greek pottery. As his concept developed, he began juxtaposing Myth and current politics.
Today, his works continues to synthesize Greek Mythology in a very contemporary way, which makes it very palpable and free of the kitsch factor we often associate with the whole ?Ancient Greek thing?
Hamad Khalaf has never before exhibited in Indonesia but his work has been on the international circuit since the mid 1990?s. In 1998, UNESCO commissioned him for a site ? specific installation.
Acts of war will transport you to the colorful world of ancient Greek mythology, synthesized. Whether you are a fan of Greek mythology or know nothing about it other than Hercules, this show will blow you away.
For a view of the artist?s earlier work, please visit www.hamadkhalaf.com
Death of Achilles 2005 Mixed Media and Acrylic on Canvas 140 X 300 CM
Hermes 2005 Mixed Media and Acrylic on Canvas 140 X 300 CM
Stealing Palladium 2005 Mixed Media and Acrylic on Canvas 140 X 300 CM
Orestes 2005 Mixed Media and Acrylic on Canvas 140 X 300 CM
Sirens with Fishing Man 2005 Acrylic on Drinking Bottle Various
Gas Mask for Achilles II 2005 Acrylic on rubber Iraqi gas mask 30 X 12 cm