Idris Khan: Absorbing Light


Khans familiar themes of repetition and layers are present here, in a series of sculptural and pictorial compositions which draw into question the viewers experience and interpretation of the art object.

The formal language of minimalism is very evident in these large black monolithic shapes. It drew to mind Malevich’s famous black square, Reinhardt’s or perhaps Rothko’s all black paintings. However on closer inspection some of these works are constructed from layer upon layer of text or in the smaller pieces – gestural marks.

The exhibition guide mentions sensory deprivation with much of the text being taken from quotes by inmates at Saydnaya prison in Syria. In some way Khan is using the accepted visual vernaculars of the gallery space while simultaneously attempting to imbue this language with new meaning.



Idris Khan is a British Artist. Since completing his Master’s Degree with a Distinction in Research at the Royal College of Art in London in 2004, he has received international acclaim for his minimal, yet emotionally charged photographs, videos and sculptures. Drawing on diverse cultural sources including literature, history, art, music and religion, Khan has developed a unique narrative involving densely layered imagery that inhabits the space between abstraction and figuration and speaks to the themes of history, cumulative experience and the metaphysical collapse of time into single moments. (Source)

The Exhibition can be seen at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London from 3 October – 20th  December 2017


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