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Among the array of soft-spoken multimedia works on display at the American University of Beirut Bank Byblos Art Gallery (AUBBBAG) nowadays, the first you may notice is a 2014 canvas by Daniele Genadry – hanging on the wall facing the gallery entrance.Genadry's palette is monochrome, as though the artist weren't depicting landscape as such but an early photo of that landscape.Walid Sadek What Job's Wife Said, 2014 Diptych with 2 printed cardboards and an X-ray image 9 cm x 11 cm each Courtesy of AUB Art Galleries and the artist Photography Tor TradsBased on the black-and-white X-ray image, Sadek's painting was a simple landscape, denoted by a horizon line, above which the hue is darker than below.Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the installation of Cynthia Zaven's 12-channel sound piece, "Perpetuum Mobile," suspended from the ceiling near Genadry's work.The 2014 work explores the richly varied landscapes of the artist's native Patagonia.As in Genadry and Sadek's work, it's refreshing to see critically minded art expressed in disarmingly comfortable-seeming media.
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