Beirut-based artist and architect Nadim Karam created the exhibition design for the new London gallery, which will also house a series of his paintings, drawings, sculptures and writings.
The show, entitled Shooting the Sky, will feature a number of new works including a series of colourful paintings which the gallery says presents ‘a playful, almost satirical, perception of love and war.’
Highlighting the artist’s interest in artworks both reproducing and disappearing into their surroundings, the sculptural works are made of reflective steel, modified through beads, buttons and burns to create patches of rusted brown among the shiny expanses.
Karam is best known for his public art and urban regeneration work, including a number of interventions in cities including Melbourne, Prague, Dubai, Beirut, London and Nara, Japan, which he describes as ‘urban toys’.
Karam says, ‘Each urban toy has a message. An open message ready to be inhabited by stories which become mingled with history.’
Nadim Karam: Shooting the Sky runs from 25 January – 9 March at Ayyam Gallery, 143 New Bond Street, W1S