Rana Begum: Towards an Infinite Geometry

Rana Begum

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. For Begum, repetition retains an element of ritual and in her practice, she assimilates the lessons of Minimalism with older traditions of using geometric patterns to visualize the unknowable and divine in Islamic art and aesthetics.

On view at the gallery is a series of wall and floor works, compositions that are arrived at through the repetition of a primary geometric unit: the triangle, which the artist identifies as the most honest and pure of shapes. The sequential units vary in terms of material and surface treatment: matte raw steel alternates with slickly painted aluminium. Energized by the inherent dynamism of the triangle, and bisected by a thin white zig-zag of the gallery wall behind it, each array pulses rhythmically. Colour oscillates between the intrinsic and the applied. While the natural surface of steel registers as flat, appearing to sit flush against the wall, the painted aluminum is reflective, mirroring the viewer and her environment, expanding by incorporating the surrounding space.

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