Idris Khan’s immense new paintings and a single monumental wall drawing are big, bold artistic statements. Here, the British artist departs from his photography-based style and takes a more painterly approach. The works are dark, black explosions bursting out of fields of grey.
Made up of layer upon layer of words, the shapes draw you in but their meaning is obscured. Only around the edges is anything legible and even then only as a series of fragments. The words are the artist’s reactions to Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘The Birth of Tragedy’ – so it’s possibly of some relief that the whole thing is so hard to read. At any rate, this is art that works best from a distance. Like a series of gothic snapshots of some huge cosmic event, it's intense and impressive – just don’t get too close.
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If you run an eye-wateringly expensive hotel and are looking for some lobby art, you have come to the right place. British artist Idris Khan has produced a series of large, grey paintings with some darker grey paint making radial patterns in the middle. These patterns are made up of text, but you wouldn’t know this because the artist has abstracted the words, and the atmospheric lighting hides the detail even further. The resulting pieces are mesmeric but ultimately very gloomy. For more of the latest art reviews, check out www.curatedlondon.co.uk | @CuratedLondon
Idris Khan “Beyond The Black” at Victoria Miro Gallery, large scale works full of post-resurrectual, eternal optimism. Highly recommended.