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Time flies, is a retrospective exhibition of artist Robert Breer opening at The Flying Saucer. The exhibition will survey some of Breer’s earlier works in painting and experiments in animation as well as his later kinetic sculptures and large-scale works

As part of Alserkal’s Saturday Tours, buses set off to select art spaces around the UAE every week. For our first art tour, Bee and I went to see the exhibition in Sharjah – run by the Sharjah Art Foundation.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the concept of ‘Time Flies’ matches perfectly with this month’s blog theme: ‘Kinetic‘. As we first arrived, we were told that everything around us is constantly moving. I didn’t think much of it and assumed that it was a theoretical phrase. As it turns out, everything in the room was indeed moving! And not just that, but the room itself was slowly rotating.

My favorite installations were the experimental animations – shown on TV screens around the gallery space. I was also intrigued by the objects moving in random motion at a very slow pace. We were told that they were easily mistaken for seats or just extra trinkets found on the floor. Everything in this exhibition was alive and had its own story to share. Although my first time hearing about him, I was interested to discover more of Robert Breer’s work.

One of the founders of the American avant-garde, Breer was an experimental filmmaker, painter and sculptor with a practice that spans over more than 25 years


Fun fact: some of these recorded drawing animations are dated 1953 – the prime time of TV animation!

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