Welcome to Issue 3 of The Journal, themed around the subject of sculpture.
Sculpture is such an accessible, tangible art form – it has a real power of immediacy, and interacts with viewers differently to two-dimensional works. Sculpture can be so visceral, asking to be touched, allowing us to walk around it, interact with it differently. And, in its various shapes and forms, reveals the hand of the artist.
In this issue, we examine how the very definition (and, subsequently, accepted media used within it) of sculpture has changed in Syria, through Nour Asalia 's essay, The Question of Medium in Syrian Sculpture.
We also spotlight the angular, metal sculptures of Bassel Saadi, who investigates the plane in which the two- and three-dimensional intersect. We also have a conversation with Fadi Yazigi on the challenges faced as he remains within Syria, from the shortage of material, to how current events have pushed a transformation within his works.
Finally, we are immensely proud to announce not one, but two exhibitions this autumn – a solo show entitled “Meditation” by Ziad Dalloul, at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Art (opens 12 November), as well as a group show, “In the Age of New Media” (opening 6 November) at AlSerkal Avenue.
In the meantime, happy reading!
Shireen Atassi & Anna Wallace-Thompson