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STUDIES IN FORM | 2017

 
 

a new collaborative body of work between artist Seher Shah and photographer Randhir Singh which explores overlapping ideas in architecture, photography, drawing and printmaking.

2-10 February 2018  |  seher shah and randhir singh  |  Dhaka Art Summit

 
 
 
 
 

Studies in Form is a new collaborative body of work between artist Seher Shah and photographer Randhir Singh exploring overlapping ideas in architecture, photography, drawing and printmaking. A series of cyanotype prints builds on these overlaps to further an ongoing interest into concepts of architectural scale and sculptural intent.

Cyanotypes were one of the first photographic printmaking processes developed in the 19th century and a precursor to the blueprint which was an important reproduction method for architectural and engineering drawings well into the 20th century. Working with this printmaking process, Shah and Singh focused on five unique buildings by fragmenting their architectural components through photographic images. These buildings share a number of aesthetic qualities including heavy massing, the sculptural use of concrete and repetitive structural grids along with a visionary intent driven by a desire to break from the status quo. Grouped into chapters, the buildings in this ongoing series include:

Akbar Bhawan (Shivnath Prasad, New Delhi. 1969)
The Barbican Estate (Chamberlin Powell and Bon, London. 1976)
Dentsu Head Office (Kenzo Tange, Tokyo. 1967)
Brownfield Estate: Balfron Tower, Glenkerry House and Carradale House (Erno Goldfinger, London. 1970)
Dhaka University Library (Muzharul Islam, Dhaka. 1954)

Exhibited alongside these five chapters during the Dhaka Art Summit 2018, were two smaller series of works, both reproduced as cyanotypes, which offered varying perspectives. A series of drawings, titled Flatlands Blueprints, explored notions of incompleteness and uncertainty as a counterpoint to determined architectural expression. The sculptural forms and massing found in the photographs was further explored in a series of woodcut based prints, titled Hewn Blueprints. Working with architectural representational methods, such as the plan and elevation, these prints functioned between the precise formalism of a blueprint and the intuitive nature of drawing.

Commissioned and produced by Samdani Art Foundation for DAS 2018. Courtesy of the artists, the Samdani Art Foundation and Nature Morte, New Delhi.