Exhibition – Imago: Silverpoint Drawings and Paintings – Reza Ben Gajra – Rochester – January to February 2012

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Work by Reza Ben Gajra

Rochester Art Gallery presents Imago: Silverpoint Drawings & Paintings by Reza Ben Gajra.The exhibition brings together recent works concerned with the body and its spiritual and emotional connections to the heart and mind.

Reza Ben Gajra’s imagination and sensitivities are reflected within the linear qualities found in his silverpoint drawings, the symbolic representation from metal leaf motifs and the playfulness of his paintings. The artist describes his work as a visual language that embraces the interconnections between abstract and figurative expressions and levels of objectivity between emotional attachment and detachment.

Reza’s work and the process of producing it, derived initially from his observations, focusing on composition and pictorial space. This investigation became consumed by more open experimentation, using metal leaf, powder pigments, wax encaustic and housepaint alongside oil paint, and the collaging of his own abandoned paintings, to emphasise depth of surface and artistic expression.

Following a year in India in 1989/90, Reza’s visual language and use of materials became minimalist and formalised, concentrating on surface arrangement and the stylisation of forms. Metal leaf replaced paint and colour, and drawing was employed as a tool of enquiry. The work became increasingly more detailed and linear, and the scale more intimate. Reza began to use silverpoint, which requires time and patience. This manifested itself in fine lines executed very slowly, deliberately and obsessively, perhaps reflecting thought-processes and memory.

The exhibition is being held at Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case, Medway Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX until the 3rd of February 2012.

Rochester Art Gallery’s Craft Case presents Nan Nan Liu’s sculptural paper and previous metal collections, which show her interest in Chinese culture and ways of storing. Natalie Vardey uses traditional techniques to weave, knit and crochet fine precious metals to create delicate jewellery, some of which have moving parts in acrylic, silver and gold.

Free activities

Booking is essential as places are limited. To book phone 01634 338319 or email arts@medway.gov.uk

Family Workshop

Saturday, 28 January 2012, 12.30 – 3.30pm

Explore animation with Reza Ben Gajra’s stop-motion techniques, using traditional drawn animation & paper cut-outs.

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. All materials will be provided.

Photo (top right) Avicenna 2011, Oil on canvas, Reza Ben Gajra

Area – South East

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