Join us in the Arts Center Plaza for the opening reception for Putting for Pleasure and Politics a group exhibition featuring nine artist-designed mini golf holes, and curated by David Darts. This playable sculpture garden is comprised of individual artworks that each explore a contemporary social issue through the inherent absurdity of mini golf. From the refugee crisis and our failed attempts to seal off borders and build walls, to wealth disparity, global warming, and racial and gender injustice, these sculptures confront many of the complicated issues impacting our daily lives. For participants, immersing oneself in a round of mini golf provides a coherent, if slightly disturbing, sense of a contemporary world impacted and misshapen by our human desires, follies, and behaviors.
Presented in a series of new installations, these artists explore the very concept of environment - natural, artificial, virtual - and share a distinctly arch, speculative, conceptual practice, extrapolating imagined worlds within existing ones.
This exhibition takes viewers into the imagined worlds of four UAE-based artists: Areej Kaoud, Ayman Zedani, Jumairy, and Raja’a Khalid, who share a speculative practice, extrapolating imagined worlds within existing ones.