Ishmael Randall Weeks (b. 1976, Peru). Randall Weeks makes his sculptures and two-dimensional works from concrete, ceramic, mineral substrates, rattan screens, mud, glass and metal. They constitute a world that emerges from history and memory, navigating between the contemporary, the archaic, tradition and folklore. Often taking the visual form of functional objects, they are stripped of their productivity to address notions of labour and utility, and force a re-examination of our understanding of culturally specific forms, while exploiting and adapting their particular codes and associations. Randall Weeks weaves together Mesoamerican and Andean motifs, anthropology, politics and archaeology, whilst also adopting industrial design nuances, where the influence of Russian Constructivism and Suprematicism (Vladimir Tatlin and Kasi- mir Malevich), the Neo-Concrete artists of Brazil (Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark), Mexican Modernism movement (Matías Goeritz and Luis Barrangan) intertwine to open up a dialogue on structure, fragility, form, and popular culture within the creation of ‘new’ cities.
About the Hosts
The gallery supports the long-term development of the careers of young international contemporary artists with a focus on those from the Middle East and North Africa. By holding a regular programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks, publishing catalogues and participating in international art fairs, Lawrie Shabibi has, since 2011, been a forerunner in the development of the contemporary art scene in Dubai. Lawrie Shabibi works from Cromwell Place when based in London and holds exhibitions in our galleries throughout the year.