It’s easy to see what so alluring about Magdy’s work – the candy coloured, fluorescent hues that dominate his films, paintings and photographs, coupled with humourous titles like Advice for the Young and Seekers of Sanity (2012), are hypnotic. But don’t be fooled by the cheerful optimism – there’s a perceptive enquiry lurking beneath.
Cecilia Brunson London exhibition
Magdy’s subject matter is giddily vast, examining war, information systems, scientific theories and the visual vocabulary of mass media. Works such as The Many Colours of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness
(2014), a film on view for the first time in the UK, explores the idea of active forgetting and its consequences. In contrast Investigating the Colour Spectrum of a Post- Apocalyptic Future Landscape (2013), an 80 slide wall projection treated with household chemicals to depict the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, is a powerful ode to the passage of time and degradation.
|What||Basim Magdy, Cecilia Brunson Projects|
|Where||Cecilia Brunson Projects, 3 Royal Oak Yard , London, SE1 3GD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Borough (underground)|
17 Jan 15 – 27 Feb 15, Tuesday-Friday: 2-6pm, Saturday: 12-4pm and by appointment
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