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The works on show in Bassel Saadi's "Homage to Mahmoud Hammad," currently up at Agial art gallery, could be described as the results of his research on the coexistence of presence and absence. All the works created by the self- taught, Syrian-born artist are comprised of multiple triangles layered and folded atop one another, creating the illusion of an empty space convoluted by a riot of colors and patterns. "First of all," remarked gallery owner Saleh Barakat, "these are steel sheets, which are very, very tough to work with and have them be that clean-cut. Saadi spent five years developing this showcase, while I supervised throughout that time, and I was always unhappy and pushing for improvements.
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