GCC, Mahd (Gesture II), 2017, MDF, baby powder, sound, 47 x 47".


The Amie and Tony James Gallery

GCC, Mahd (Gesture II), 2017, MDF, baby powder, sound, 47 x 47".

Much of the recent work of GCC—the group of artists whose eight members hail from various Persian Gulf countries, and whose name references the acronym for a regional political and economic alliance known as the Gulf Cooperation Council—has focused on the growing popularity in the area, among both governments and the wider populace, of the “positive energy” movement. Their 2016 solo at New York’s Mitchell-Innes & Nash included five bas-reliefs, in a maroon, velvet-flocked thermoformed styrene, based on 3-D renderings of stills derived from YouTube and other online sources of various regional proponents of this and other related New Age spiritual practices.

For their show at the James Gallery—a reprise of their contribution to last year’s Art Basel Parcours program, where the works were presented off-site in galleries and niches at the city’s Natural History

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