Oussama Diab’s “What Happened Here (In the Company of Picasso).”
Photos courtesy of Ayyam Gallery
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Contrary to what many Hollywood war flicks and other pop culture contrivances suggest, love and war don't necessarily go hand in hand.Palestinian-Syrian artist Oussama Diab's latest solo show "What Happened Here," at Ayyam Gallery, seems to explore the delicate relationship between the two. Accompanying the artist's exhibition of neo-cubist paintings is a catalogue reprinting a selection of his drawings, mixed-media collages and sketches, chronicling his development and process.Modeled after "Guernica," Pablo Picasso's iconic anti-war mural, Diab assembles many of the same symbols that appear throughout the other works to evoke warfare.Offering a more restricted view of destruction than is present in the work of the famed Spaniard, Diab's work features a few fragmented figures and animals placed on pedestals and sprawled across a cubic landscape.
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