All posts tagged: colour

REPRESENT III – Hamra Abbas

Hamra Abbas represented by Lawrie Shabibi Hamra Abbas’s work is playful and unpredictable, it has a definite presence, but is so versatile that it is hard to pin down exactly what it is about an Abbas work that tells you it is hers. Fat Nancy takes a look at why she likes it so much. Firstly and overarching, Abbas’s work is pure. In its use of colour, its concepts and humour, she sticks to absolute and direct messaging. The colours she uses are sharp, clear and translucent, even when used in prints. They remind FN of David Batchelor’s works, often managing to bring a similar brightness to the fore without the need for artificial light, using instead natural light, colour on paper, on glass, with food colouring in plasticine, as a tool to manipulate and reflect the intensity she desires. Abbas’s life, and consequently her work, could be said to be somewhat fractured – coming from Pakistan and a deeply Islamic community and now living and working in the USA. Perhaps it is this contradiction that makes it addictively erratic, fickle and playfully …

A whisper of a breeze – end of desert summer and a stroll to see some art

The desert summer is leaving us for another year and the air is beginning to feel cool (ish), the galleries are re-opening and Fat Nancy took a stroll around Al Quoz and found an exhibition that re-ignited an interest in calligraphy in contemporary art – Pouran Jinchi, The Third Line. It brought to mind other artists working in a very similar way and left an itching to get back to old notes and dig out some favourites – in particular fellow Iranians,  Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, Golnaz Fathi and Mohamed Bozorgi (ref. images at the end of article). You may not read or understand Arabic, but there is a musicality to the pieces and something meditative about the repetitious nature of their making that draws the viewer in. It’s understood that even a native speaker would struggle to define any actual letters in most of the works – someone once described the effect as a kind of whispering, the paintings murmuring to the viewer. The message is almost inaudible and they hint towards meaning rather than explicitly …

Rana Begum at The Third Line

Rana Begum shows for the third time at Dubai’s The Third Line gallery. The artist exhibits a new collection of her signature metal sculptures, coated with vibrant colours. Pushing the relationship between colour, form and three-dimensional space, they take inspiration from urban order and disorder and the codes of urban visual stimuli, such as road signs, advertising, and hazard markings, with Modernist aesthetics. She creates surfaces and planes that seamlessly sit within the contours of the room, walls and spaces they inhabit, engaging the viewer by making them bend, lean and circle around the works in order to take in every angle of each piece. This action, along with the bright and playful colours, brings a lightness to the works more serious theological and geometric root. As the viewers shift from side to side, surfaces morph one into another or emerge from common plains, toying with the audience’s reaction to their surroundings. Exhibition runs from 19 June – 30 July.  Born in 1977, Rana Begum graduated from the Slade with a MA in Fine Art. She has exhibited her …