Melissa Gronlund reviews Art of Nature, the group exhibition curated by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the biodiversity of the UAE. The exhibition organised as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival is on view at a gallery at Umm Al Emarat park, inaugurating the new multi-use space.
Dubai-based artist Al Mazrou created Sand Land "an enormous land work of her own, covering 225 square metres, which features concentric circles bounded by a square. It clearly refers back to the Smithson work in its shape, but also relates to her own sculptural practice, in which she places geometric forms in tension with each other, or paints them on accumulations of technological waste. She says in a video accompanying the exhibition: 'I treated the land as a stretched canvas'."