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Doreen Khanamirian El Zain's solo show "Labyrinths," now up at Agial Art Gallery, is a paradox of shapes and forms that never quite add up.The exhibition notes suggest Zain's work foregrounds form, inviting audiences to apply their natural instincts to seeing what isn't immediately apparent. The streaks of overlapping paint on many of the pieces, for instance, take the shape of exaggerated branches and vines of a tree.Surrounded by never-ending mazes of roads and buried in an infrastructure that smothers nature with concrete buildings, smog and the noise pollution of impatient taxi drivers and never-ending construction, one can certainly embrace the cartographic aspect of Zain's paintings.Doreen Khanamirian El Zain's exhibit "Labyrinths" is up at Agial Art Gallery through 24 June.
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