Light, colour and clean lines are combined with economical simplicity in the work of Bangladeshi-British artist Rana Begum. She is currently showing her first solo exhibition in a UK public space at London’s Parasol Unit.
Begum’s works take influence from western traditions of minimalism and constructivism, as well as the geometry of traditional Islamic art. Her sculptures are architectural in places, in this case working with the generous space of the gallery itself. Hard lines meet with softly diffused light, and colours are bright in places—occasionally verging on neon—and pastel in others.
The artist’s sculptural and painting practices work smoothly alongside one another with easy transitions between the two; paint taking to flat MDF and strips of aluminium, as well as jutting steel surfaces and birch ply. Despite the hardness of many of the lines there is an overall meditative sense to the works, with glowing tones merging softly into one another.
‘Rana Begum: The Space Between’ is showing at Parasol Unit until 18 September
In issue 33 we speak with artists who are making funny, often using humour to explore life’s dark or bewildering elements. We discuss comedy as a bridge-maker, and as a way to address otherwise impenetrable topics with honesty and catharsis.