A couple of weeks ago the medieval historian and I went to the Djangoly Gallery at the Lakeside Gallery at the University of Nottingham and saw an exhibition of work called ‘Space Light Colour’ by Rana Begum. She makes large work playing with the three elements in the title: Space, light and colour. The work changes totally as you move through space. In the large pieces there were strips of square material – I think, wood, painted different colours on different sides so they look different as you see them from the left, right or straight on.
We were there on the most beautiful bright sunny morning and this made the colours glow in the white gallery. But my eye was really caught by two smaller pieces which really reminded me of boro, the Japanese mending technique. They start out looking like op art but change as you move in closer:
The superimposition of the grids leads to little cross marks just like the random boro stitches making cross stitches:
Really good show by an artist/architect who was new to me.