Transient Symmetry
Vine Space London, 2008. The new body of work by British, Bangladeshi born artist Rana Begum combines urban visual stimuli such as the abstract clashes of form and colour that can be seen in the city, with the traditional repetition of geometric form found in Islamic art. Begum’s work sets out to transform the overpowering associations of urban debasement into something poetic. Transient Symmetry refers to those passing moments where form, colour, light and structure seem to momentarily align. While patterns and forms found in Islamic Art help to shape the compositions of the work, for Begum the fascination is how these patterns and forms reoccur accidentally, randomly and chaotically in the surrounding environment: road signs, advertising, hazard markings, the structure of these environments all feed into the artist’s most recent work. This new work is not restricted to the picture plane: it juts out, cutting lines in space, demanding that the viewers adjust their own position in order to understand each work. Moving past these works reveals a constant shifting symmetry of colour that ripples, brakes and reforms before eyes.
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