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Few traces of modernist architecture survive in contemporary Beirut."0.91 Cubic Meter," the exhibition now up at the recently relocated Carwan gallery, suggests that the transmigration of architectural forms has little to do with artist intention."0.91 Cubic Metre" is the most recent show of work by 200 Grs. The project taps into discourses of material reuse and re-appropriation, as the artists put it, the importance of the human personal element in design, and the personal relationship that each piece develops once it reaches its end user.Some of these forms provoke the sort of response you might associate with contemporary art. It's not such a stretch, since Haddad and Hachem are both students of architecture who have evolved into multidisciplinary artists. Shown in several group and solo exhibitions in Lebanon and abroad, Hachem's highly sculptural art has often incorporated elements of industrial design and his mechanized art is redolent of that of Rebecca Horn.One of the features of Hachem's art is its site-specificity.In 2008, for instance, the artist participated in a two-day-long emerging artist exhibition called "Hopes and Doubts". "0.91 Cubic Metre" is up at Carwan Gallery until Jan. 10 .
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