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A closer look at art.

The Pharos Arts Foundation will present the works of British artist Adam Ball with the exhibition Absolute Zero as of Wednesday, while on Thursday the ARTos foundation will host a presentation and talk by two artists who are on the island to complete a ten-day residency.

The solo exhibition by Ball, opening at 7.30pm, includes drawings, signature paper and coloured fabric cut-outs and new raw pigment paintings. This recent body of work has been evolving since first being exhibited at the Goss-Michael Foundation in the US in 2014, and the Bait Al Zubair Museum, Oman in 2015. After the exhibition closes at The Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art on October 21, it will move onto the UK, where it will be exhibited at Eton College, Windsor.

Ball's work is rooted in the profound research and observation of the miniscule details of his surroundings. He combines his meticulously rendered landscapes with patterns that he derives from nature, science and geology. The results are naturally formed abstractions in which colour and shape play an equally important role in an illusion of space and surfaces. His white on white cut-outs emphasise the fragility of the medium and, at the same time, play with the illusions of the light and shadow they cast.

The artist is currently working on his first permanent public installation for a new hospital in the UK. As part of this process he has collaborated with various surgeons and scientists to generate the source material for both this project and his work in general. Much of this research is evident in the works of the exhibition Absolute Zero.

"It will be a pleasure to visit Nicosia in September to exhibit a new body of work. While I have visited Nicosia several times over the last 15 years, this will be the first time my work has been exhibited here. On display will be a selection of recent work including drawings, paper and fabric cutouts, and raw pigment colour paintings such as the large-scale title piece Absolute Zero," the artist said.

Ball, who lives and works in London, has exhibited in galleries internationally, including the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, the Dallas Contemporary Museum, the Gagosian Gallery in New York, the Centre of Contemporary Art in Bahrain, the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Oman, and the Galerie Laurent Mueller in Paris.

The artistic week will continue at the ARTos foundation where a presentation and talk by artists Gerald Zahn and Nika Kupyrova, who live in Vienna and Austria, will be given.

The artists, who have been invited by the ARTos Foundation in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy in Cyprus, will be over for a ten-day artist residency at ARTos. The residency is taking place within the framework of the programme Con-temporary Urbanity, which aims to address the city as a stage, where artists experience everyday life as a theatrical act. Through their own perception, psyche-body and critical thinking, they record and create interventional, ephemeral, visual intrusions in the form of a digital graffiti in the urban landscape.

Therefore, the artists will use the residency and the locality of Cyprus as a starting point for visual research in their chosen mediums of video and sculpture. They will share their impressions, show some of their works and offer a deeper insight into their practice during the event on Thursday.

Absolute Zero

The Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art hosts the solo exhibition by Adam Ball. Opens September 28 at 7.30pm until October 21. Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, 24 Demosthenis Severis Avenue, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-663871

Con-temporary Urbanity

Artist talk and presentation with Gerlad Zahn and Nika Kupyrova. September 29. ARTos Foundation, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free. In English. Tel: 22-445456

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Date:Sep 24, 2016
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