Sophisticated, dynamic, and creating a constant sense of movement, these are just some of the things that come to mind when standing in front of Rana Begum’s work.
The Bangladeshi-British artist is currently holding her first solo exhibition Rana Begum: The Space Between in London at the Parasol Unit and, in true keeping with her style, viewers can expect an immersive experience that is as much about colour as it is structure.
Inspired by lucid memories of her childhood in Bangladesh, traditional Islamic architecture and the city environment, Begum uses industrial materials and a careful selection of colour to create something that is both masculine and feminine, rustic yet delicate. In doing so, she has identified a style that is distinctively hers, despite her structuralist and minimalist influences.
Bright hues and clean lines intricately carve out space for light to enter and exit her work, and in some cases (as seen below), the artist uses the gallery space itself to create something architectural, infinite, and directional.
A few images from her exhibition are featured here but there’s more to see if you visit the Parasol Unit before it closes this Sunday.
Rana Begum: ‘No. 670’. A maze structure created from industrial steel mesh fencing. This use of repetition and structure alludes to the infinite.
Rana Begum: ‘No.207’. Drinking straws and UV lights. Here, Begum explores the relationship between lines and colour.
Rana Begum: ‘No. 161’. Paint on powder-coated aluminium. On approaching, the left of each piece is grey; however, a slight change in the viewer’s position reveals a bright yellow underside.