How Dirty Is Your Glossy Black

Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq2000/2012

The Moving Museum

The Moving Museum
London, United Kingdom

For 'Techtonic' Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq presented 'How Dirty Is Your Glossy Black', one of a series of wall drawings based on Islamic ornamental patterns found in mosques and on metal screens, ceramics and textiles. Works in this series vary in size according the space in which they are installed, folding around corners and stretching across architectural features.

Evidencing the importance of light - it's, descending, expanding and infinite nature – within the artist's practice, the work is executed in an aluminium tape that turns its surface of application into a mirror. By incorporating the reflection of its surroundings Ashfaq's drawing becomes dislocated from its supporting structure. The work's diaphonous surface challenges the viewer's perception of depth, gesturing towards infinity.

Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq (b. 1982, Falkirk) is an artist living and working in London. He received his MA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, London and his BA in Fine Art from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. Selected exhibitions include 94 Portland Place, London (curated by Lawrence van Hagen), 2016; Lubomirov Angus Hughes, London, 2016; Modern Art Oxford, UK, 2016; Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 2016; Embassy Gardens, London, 2015 (curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal); Hayward Gallery, London, 2014 (curated by Stephanie Rosenthal); Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 2014.

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  • Title: How Dirty Is Your Glossy Black
  • Creator: Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq
  • Date: 2000/2012
  • Commisioning: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Type: Installation
  • Medium: silver duct tape on wall

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