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By juxtaposing natural beauty with fraudulent ugliness, Samad evokes a contemporary genesis – light separated from darkness; water and sky polluted; landscapes scarred by human greed and negligence.There's a sort of irony at work in Samad's works, as the tyranny of man over nature is dwarfed by the cruelty of the earth's natural elements.The peaks and highlands in Samad's landscape painting "Half Light" softly kiss the sunset, with pink and orange light reflecting from its surfaces, but there is a disconnect in the movement of the brush strokes and the suggestive shades of rubbish.A bovine, the most prominent figure in the painting, rests on a bed of wasted recyclable materials.Samad doesn't restrict himself to landscapes and their occupants.As depicted by Hassan Samad, our legacy is hardly a happy one.Hassan Samad's "On the Eighth Day" is up at Artspace Hamra though June 11 .
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