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Easily the least imposing piece of art on display at Ashkal Alwan's Home Workspace these days is a wee thing called "Erasure Study".Devised by the sometimes-Sanaa-based Salwa Aleryani, the work is made completely from rubber erasers.Aleryani is one of 15 young international artists, from within this region and without, whose work is currently on show at Ashkal Alwan's Open Studios.Open Studios resembles an emerging artist exhibition but it's actually something subtly different. It is an exhibition of work and while some of these pieces are more or less fully realized, many of the artists consider it work in progress. Based on archival footage, Mary Jirmanus Saba's work in progress is part of a group exhibit by a five-artist cooperative.Indeed, Raymond Gemayel's "The Life of a Pencil" can be read as a complement to Aleryani's work.Indeed there are several ambitious works here that work with newer media.
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