All posts tagged: David Batchelor

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 …

Chromophobic in Dubai

In 2000, artist, writer and tutor at the Royal College of Art released the book Chromophobia – a study of attitudes to colour in Western art, society and philosophy. Batchelor’s own art often involves repurposed materials in intensely bright and saturated colours, toying with colour’s  capacity to affect perception and similarly to be affected or moulded by our gaze. Feeding from and into his practice, the central argument of Chromophobia is that a chromophobic impulse – a fear of corruption or contamination through colour – lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought. This is apparent in the many and varied attempts to purge colour, either by making it the property of some ‘foreign body’ – the oriental, the feminine, the infantile, the vulgar, or the pathological – or by relegating it to the realm of the superficial, the supplementary, the inessential, or the cosmetic. David Batchelor Dubai gallery, Isabelle Van Den Eynde, opens an exhibition on 19 June by artists Abdelkader Benchamma and Jessica Mein titled Chromophobia. A nod to Batchelor’s study, both artists explore public visual culture and …