Rana Begum

23 Nov – 31 Dec 2011

The Folded Page

Belonging to the second generation of artists who turned Minimalism into something completely theirs, Rana Begum claims Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, and Islamic art and architecture as her influences. To this, she adds cues gathered from built and urban environments – from noticing patterns of color, line, form as they collide in a city.

In The Folded Page, her first exhibition in India, Begum considers the personal epiphanies found through repetition and movement. A relief series of oblong shafts of aluminium, suspended at regular intervals, lends an immediate impression of precision: lines and slopes measured with forensic calculation, angles and edges juxtaposed with geometric care, scale and shape controlled with technical cunning: an apparent abolition of the arbitrary. Viewed from the side, however, works like No.266 and No.268 open up avenues of whimsical colour – pink, blue, yellow – and the strict geometric form ripples into life, revealing something far more subtle and inviting, more alive and beautiful, at the heart of Rana Begum’s art.

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