No. 93, 2005. Resin on hazard tape and wood, 50 x 50 x 5.5 cm.

Color Coded: A Conversation with Rana Begum

For the American sculptor Donald Judd, simplicity focused attention on the object in space: “It isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyze one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its quality whole, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear, and powerful.” These codes of conduct have since come to serve an unlikely devotee of the minimal method. Moving from figuration to a fascination with form, light, and color, Bangladesh-born, London-based Rana Begum espouses some of those same principles and pushes them further. She chooses materials over subject matter, following Judd in “getting rid of the things that people used to think were essential to art.” Begum argues that the removal of the motif allows for something much more fundamental – the interplay of light and color within a form. …see the entire article in the print version of sept’s Sculpture magazine.

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