Friday, January 23, 2009

light and loaded

I came across an artist a couple of years ago whose work I envied, desired and only recently began to really appriciate. Toba Khedoori uses symbolic imagery to convey her reserved emotional nerve over a large scale painting. Her most current work that transforms the visual aspects of optical and material objects in the midsts of space metaphorically portrays a sense of lingering willingness for a meaningful purpose.
My favorite aspect to her work is the way in which the paintings are composed:
 

From the surface, the composition appears minimal, occupying subtlety and restraint with the empty space surrounding the material or subject. Yet, for these large scale paintings, much detail is included which allows for this really beautiful dance that the viewer plays going back and forth from various observation reference points.


Most of Khedoori's work is finished in oil, but some of her earlier work differs. I would really love one of her pieces, if I could afford its hefty cost. She is my inspiration for the work in which I am trying to create this semester. If you want to see more of her work, I suggest going to her home gallery site: davidzwirner.com and click on the artists tab.


-Marko

3 comments:

Katy said...

wow. that is brilliant. are you really wanting to attempt such intricate detail? you're brave.

Disco Dolly said...

Breathtaking.


I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Katy said...

haha! thank you for that. it's definitely very off. i mean, she asked me questions and those were my answers more or less. there was a lot that was lost in translation, but they got the gist of it, i suppose. :]