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ACANTHUS MEDALLION (BANGLADESH) AND WHITE TOWER (CEILING MEDALLION) | 2018

 
 

This work is part of trevor yeung's ongoing research on acanthus, a relatively obscure plant in its living form that is nevertheless the source of one of the most prominent motifs used in art and architecture throughout different geographies and eras, including the Greco-Roman, Classical Islamic, Greco-Buddhist, and Mughal worlds, as well as in contemporary vernacular decorations across the globe.

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part of the touring exhibition: a beast, a god, and a line, CURATED BY COSMIN COSTINAS

2-10 February 2018  |  Dhaka Art Summit

17 march - 20 may 2018  |  Para site, hong kong

6-24 june 2018  |  TS1, Yangon

20 july - 7 October 2018  |  Museum of Modern Art in WARSAw

 

 
 
 
 
 

These works form part of Trevor Yeung's ongoing research on acanthus, a relatively obscure plant in its living form that is nevertheless the source of one of the most prominent motifs used in art and architecture throughout different geographies and eras, including the Greco-Roman, Classical Islamic, Greco-Buddhist, and Mughal worlds, and contemporary vernacular decorations across the globe. The plant is not native to South Asia, but the ornament referring to its leaf entered the region in several distinct waves. The Victorian era style plaster used, among others, in ceiling medallions, is still commonly used - often adapted and combined with other aesthetic references - in interior decorations in Bangladesh, in a complicated relationship with its colonial past. The work references these hybrid medallions, and adds a white porcelain cast of an actual acanthus leaf on the decorative leaves which carry in their shapes the many historical and cultural layers of interpreting this motif.

Commissioned by the Samdani Art Foundation, Para Site and Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie.  Supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Hong Kong Arts Development Council fully supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.