Thursday, March 22, 2018

MOCA’s new Project Atrium cast light and shadow on charcoal grey walls

THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION
MOCA's new Project Atrium cast light and shadow on charcoal grey walls
JACKSONVILLE, FL---In “Project Atrium: Anila Quayyum Agha,” the new exhibit in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s Haskell Atrium Gallery, two laser cut steel sculptures suspended from the ceiling with lanterns inside cast patterns of light on shadow on the gallery’s walls. The exhibit, titled “The Greys In-Between,” is the work of Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha. For the purposes of the exhibit, the walls of the 40-foot-high Atrium Gallery have been painted charcoal grey. The patterns cast on those walls are inspired by Islamic architectural motifs. As they hang from the ceiling the sculptures, gradually, almost imperceptibly, are turned by a motor and the patterns on the walls slowly change. “Visitors should stop and look and stay and explore,” said MOCA curator Jaime DeSimone said. [More]
© Anila Quayyum Agha, All the Flowers are for Me- Red, 2016. Lacquered steel and halogen bulb, 60 x 60 x 60 inches. Photo credit: Aicon Gallery.