The Third Line is pleased to announce Rana Begum’s A Conversation with Light and Formopening May 18 at Tate St Ives. As part of its Artists Programme, Rana participated in a residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives in March 2018. The new works in this exhibition respond to the specific contexts she encountered and continue her research into light and form.
Rana’s work in industrial materials creates simple geometric shapes of bright colours that give the impression of weightlessness. Rana uses the ideas of Minimalist abstraction to blur the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture.
Light is fundamental to Rana’s process. Her works absorb and reflect varied densities of light, removing any narrative from the work so that the viewer concentrates on the act of looking. Begum’s work is inspired by the urban landscape —the clashes of form and colour, as well as geometric patterns from traditional Islamic art and architecture.
The Tate St Ives Artist Residency programme began in April 2003. It provides artists with studio space, residency fees, materials costs and curatorial support to assist in the development of their professional practice.
The programme provides a lasting legacy for the artists involved, with each residency culminating with an exhibition at Tate St Ives and an accompanying publication.
Rana will be in conversation with Anne Barlow, Director, Tate St Ives about her recent residency and how she responds to the special light and location of St Ives.