Following the success of his first suite of relief edition which sold out on release, we are delighted to unveil a new pair of editions by Idris Khan, inspired by philosophical writings and entitled A quiet mind finds what is true and Listen without motive, 2022.
Using a wide range of different media Idris Khan (b.1978) has developed a unique narrative involving densely layered imagery that hovers between abstraction and figuration. He draws on diverse cultural sources including literature, philosophy, religion and the history of art and music.
A quiet mind finds what is true and Listen without motive, are inspired by the writings of the twentieth-century Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986), in particular his The Book of Life, which presents 365 daily meditations, that illuminate the concepts of self-knowledge, personal transformation, desire, sorrow, freedom, mortality and death.
To create these new reliefs, Khan has repeatedly layered his own words and lines of text onto the surface of three separate sheets of acrylic which are mounted onto the wall and held in place by specially designed brackets.
The presentation allows the shapes and words to literally ‘float’; the sheer concentration of text at the centre of each panel intentionally renders the words illegible, but towards the edges of the composition a sparser application of layers results in words and phrases being gradually revealed. Mostly known for works rendered predominately in black and white, Khan first incorporated the colour blue into his oeuvre in 2019. These new artworks expand his exploration of the shade, as the words are produced in varying tones of rich copper blue and bronze blue.
The two works are exhibited for the first time, this week on our booth at Art Basel Miami Beach (1 – 3 December 2022).
This edition is now sold out.