Untitled (Sand II) 2018
16 ft. x 9 ft. 2 in.
Untitled (Scarab) 2018
2 x 2 x 1.5 in.
Untitled (Bottle on soap) 2018
Olive Oil, soap, glass bottle, scarab
19 x 4.5 x 3 in.
Exhibition 3: Alex Ayed
IAIA is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Brussels and Tunis based artist Alex Ayed. Continuing the artist’s use of earthly and ephemeral materials, the exhibition will feature an intimate selection of sculptures, audio work and a site specific installation made of s
Olive oil, sand, and deceased tiny creatures are among the materials employed in his sculptures. Both processed and natural, his paintings and sculptures takes shape organically and unfold into their final forms as they are installed in the gallery. Ayed gathers and transports sand from the desert of Tunisia, layering it onto canvas, as if unveiling the geological formations of a desert across his painting. A mound of sand is formed below by the residue falling from the canvas.
“He’s not interested in bringing forms that belong to other spaces and exoticize them into the white cube. He wants those forms to embody practices or postures, to be the physical incarnations of an oral tradition. Alex plays with objects the way poets play with words : through associations, he creates mental images and each assemblage could be the substantial equivalent of a haiku.” -Myriam Ben Salah