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"Tracing Light: Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi, Myfanwy Johns and Michael Shaw"
2007-06-03 until 2007-07-22
Royal West of England Academy
UK United Kingdom
This exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy, Clifton, showcases recent and diverse works from
three artists; Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi, Myfanwy Johns and Michael Shaw. This is a beautiful and
fragile collection of works that explore the ways in which artificial and natural light can be made
permanent on and in glass, resin, pvc, paper, x-rays and in digital form. The naturally top-lit galleries of the RWA lend themselves perfectly to the work of these three artists and
highlight the delicate subtly of the pieces. The exhibition, which has received support from the University
of Gloucester, presents a variety of works in many different medias all examining the visual aesthetic
between light and shadow and the visible and invisible. Tracing Light runs from the 3rd June – 22nd July
promises to be an elegant and beautiful exhibition.
Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi presents abstractions that are essentially light drawings using the patterns
created by sunlight traced onto glass and paper by applying a unique photographic process. They present
strikingly poetic meeting points between shadow and reflection and investigate the hidden properties of
sunlight, revealing a hidden phenomenon of optics.
In contrast to this, Myfanwy Johns whose work has been funded by an Arts Council Research and
Development Award explores the nature of artificial light emitted from digitised images. Through a
repeated process of manipulation, magnification and fabrication new patterns of abstraction are revealed,
with colours that are both vibrant and subtle. The abstract works are products of illumination and
pixelation of a digitized image producing beautiful arrays of colour and geometric forms.
Michael Shaw’s sculptures capture light using translucent materials that often involve hollow cylindrical
forms in transparent and translucent resins which have an ability to capture, hold and diffuse light along
their edges. Hanging from the ceiling of the galleries are Michael’s inflatable works. These are both huge
yet almost invisible and weightless. They cast shadows and reflections around the room highlighting the
magical quality of light. This creates a unique unity between the sculpture and its surroundings. Michael has
received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi
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