The opening of ‘Fluidity to Motif’ has been one of the early highlights of Dreamspace’s 2015 calendar so far. The artists Farzana Kazi-Hossain and Sabina Grabauskaite have been preparing for a year for this exquisite show. This is a unique exhibition as the artists, in their parallel lives, are an Architect and an Interior Design respectively and these influences are evident in their artistic representations.
Farzana has a body of work which plays towards an abstracted orientation with architectural line drawings, blending the uncontrolled with the precision of the absolute controlled. Using Automatism the paintings begin with the freedom of the unconscious mind as tied to the Surrealists but then the ‘architecture’ effect happens. The controlled nature of Farzana’s drawings fundamentally reminisce back to a time when architects demonstrated their skill by beautiful hand drawn line and ink work.
Since Y2K the architectural industry has wholeheartedly embraced technology and CAD drawings using AutoCAD and Revit, but this exhibition reminds us of the original artistry and skill of the architects drawing work. Farzana has taken it a step further by abstracting the medium with acrylics and tissue.
Of her collection the piece named ‘Waves’ was particularly distinctive as it played on the idea of people celebrating with their hands in the air in a series of waves, as one might see in a concert but then the colours the 45 degree angle and the use the of the paints utilising a mixture of blues and reminiscent of the splashes of the sea reflects the waves of the sea. In between lies an abstracted figure which could quite easily be a stage diver or a diver cascading under water. This is a vibrant piece which has a series of more abstracted relatives further down the gallery with more ‘ fluidity’ as per the name of this half of the show.
Sitting in complimentary to this work, is the skilfully painted urban creatures of Sabina. Sabina’s work is a series of beautifully executed still life’s painted again in acrylics with such precision and patience. The abstraction in this series is the influence of Sabina’s professional life as an Interior Designer, and the use and decision to utilise the classic William Morris esque wall paper block prints as the back drops for the creatures.
Sabina’s appreciation of the richness of this Victorian period of aesthetic sensibility gives the paintings a sense of familiarity and understand-ability but at the same time is at such a contrast to the architectural Modernist thinking that underlines the work of Farzana.
An outstanding piece is Sabina’s work is ‘The Life of Timothy the Tiny Bird,’ which shows a series of flying creatures flying off the canvas against a nice precision painted light blue wall paper print painting. This backdrop fooled a number of people who thought it was a real block print but it was actually painstaking painted ‘Motif by Motif’ hence the second part of the title.
This is an exhibition that has strong architectural and Interiors influences and although the artists perhaps thought they were doing a convincing job of hiding their routes the influences of their professions and styles are clearly evident and this is the real charm of this exhibition.
Fluidity to Motif is an exhibition open from the 2nd of March to the 5th of April, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm.