Spray paint on aluminium foil in artist's frame.
41.2 x 36.2 cm (framed).
Series of 20, signed and numbered.
About the work
Rana Begum has created a series of 20 unique works made from spray-painted aluminium foil to accompany the exhibition Is This Tomorrow?, 14 February – 12 May 2019. The series relates to her exhibited work with Marina Tabassum Architects, Phoenix Will Rise, 2019, of the same medium. The edition forms part of Begum's ongoing exploration into the process of making using various materials such as foil, paper and jesmonite.
In this series Begum moves away from a symmetrical grid by introducing a more organic geometry. Begum retains traces of the grid, achieved by hand-folding, but also incorporates a disruptive element by unfolding and scrunching the paper; an element of chance exists within the work.
For Begum, the work is influenced by both the urban environment and faceted landscapes. The array of reflective effects created when the surface is sprayed evokes a landscape that seems other worldly.
About the artist
Rana Begum (b. 1977, Bangladesh; lives in London, UK) blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from traditional Islamic art and architecture. Light is fundamental to her process. Her works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial.
Recent solo exhibitions include Space, Light, Colour, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, 2018; A Conversation with Light and Form, Tate St Ives, 2018; The Space Between, Parasol Unit, London, 2016; and Rana Begum, Delfina Foundation, London, 2010. Recent group exhibitions include Frieze Sculpture Park, London, 2018; Actions. The image of the world can be different (part 1), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 2018; Tribute to Sol Lewitt, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, 2016, as well as the 11th Gwangju Biennale, 2016. She was awarded the 2017 Abraaj Group Art Prize and Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture in 2012.
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