Guardian review – from Twitter

I discovered this great article on twitter:

Walk Through British Art, Tate Britain, review

This article suggests that unlike most Galleries and Museums where viewers are told what the art is and what it is about; Tate Britain have opened an exhibition whereby the viewer is told “…only the name of the artist with his birth and death dates, the title of the painting and the year it was painted. What Curtis has understood is that pictures on show in a public gallery are themselves primary data. You study history so that you can understand them, not the other way around. And anyway, who says they need to be studied? Gallery visitors should be allowed to have their own responses to the art in front of them, not told what to think by the curator.” Although I don’t always know what the artwork is about, I always look at the information beside the artwork to incline me towards some conclusion. However, sometimes when I do understand the artwork I would prefer not to be told otherwise; which is what this Curator is enticing the public towards. Sometimes artwork can confuse the viewer when their personal opinion is different to the artists’ which could act as a deterrent for the public from visiting art galleries and museums at all, as it has done in the past.

Sequence – Drawings

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To practice my own drawing techniques i need to copy, by eye (and/or measurements), other drawings so my hands and eyes can learn the flowing curves of drawing sculpture. I chose these drawings to copy because i knew they were relevant to my future practice; i was attracted to the complexity of the structure, knowing that somehow these drawings are representations of nature.

These drawings are my copies of Richard Deacons own drawings:

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Geometry is most often regular and symmetrical; this bouquet of flowers are all made up of the same flower therefore the pattern representing this geometrically would be perfectly symmetrical. But, why? Why should they be regular when nature itself has made them so irregularly beautiful? The pattern of each individual tulip would be the same. But why? Clearly they are all different.

Pretty soon, I learnt to look at nature to interpret it, here is my interpretations of these flowers, first they are unnaturally regular, then is the proper representation of a bouquet: star-sculpture1015
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This is perhaps going against the very rules of geometry and the Natural order, but I have my own interpretations which I believe to be geometrically accurate representations of a bouquet of flowers.

Strip the City, Ancient City: Rome. Quest

Strip the City, Ancient City: Rome. Quest

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This was a TV Documentary I really enjoyed last night about the reasons for the partial destruction of the Colosseum in Rome. The Colosseum was built on ground that was a few thousand years old, a river flowed through it, that over time built layers of rock at the bottom. So that, at the time of the Roman Empire, the river became a stream, so they filled it up and built the Colosseum above it. Many years later an earthquake destroyed the strongest standing building in the world. After this, the Romans built a water storage system in case of an earthquake for the nearby river that, even today the system would be incredibly difficult to build.

I felt compelled towards the sheer genius with which the Romans have taught the modern architects of Rome through the construction of all of these magnificent historic buildings. The structure of the Colosseum as a whole would have a been a beautiful sight to see; but through natural disaster another beautiful landscape has emerged. It almost looks like a natural landscape through its rugged qualities.

A must see; they ‘Strip the city’ to show how this was done with references to modern builds in Rome.

I know I’ll be watching it again. Thank you for reading, hope i didn’t bore you too much 😉

Submission

Submission

Submission, 2012
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This sculpture recalls Islamic ethos; the correlating internal and external dimensions to the Islamic submission of prayer and prostration.

The structures allude to an allegorical representation of a Muslims intention for prayer and ablution followed by the purification of the soul through Salah. A Muslims personality is a testament to One God: an evocation of submission that revolves around our faith. Just like our personalities, we are submitting externally too by maintaining hijab, through a covert contextual meaning the laws that govern the interaction between male and female which must be abided by both.

The creation of this sculpture (and the entire collection) evokes memories of personal struggle to uphold my Islamic values from a young age, like many other Muslims around the world with the submerged identities of British, Indian, and Muslim, I am striving to maintain both identity and religion.

Dimensions: 6″ * 6″ 2 (six inch by six inch squared)