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The vaulted ceilings and thick stone pillars of Ada Dodge Hall find unexpected echoes in the enormous white sculptures that fill the space this winter, ghosts of the university's past resurrected almost half a century after their creation.A two-part exhibition entitled "Trans-Oriental Monochrome: John Carswell" is currently filling both the on-campus AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery and the nearby Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Museum. Carswell was born in 1931 and studied at London's Royal College of Art.Enormous white forms built of MDF and painted with shiny marina or yacht enamel paint, Carswell referred to his creations as "toys-cum-gadgets-cum-machines," or "impossible sculptures" or "impossible four-dimensional objects".Esanu's essay situates Carswell's work as an artist within a historical context, drawing parallels between his six decades of travel, work and study in and of the Middle East and the experiences and attitudes of 19th-century Orientalist artists. He also delves into the use of monochrome in art by Carswell's contemporaries in the West and the region during the same period. "Trans-Oriental Monochrome: John Carswell" continues at the AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery and the Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Museum until Feb. 25, 2015 .
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