CARPET PAGES GALLERY
CARPET PAGES III: PIXELS
26.10.20 - 25.11.20
Welcome to Carpet Pages III: Pixels, a digital show during the Covid-19 pandemic which inspired pixellated thinking and this online offering.
In a harsh climate when artists are particularly struggling to survive, these rich and lush works show how fertile and alive the art biome is. In all corners of the earth, locked down in solitude and exiled from humdrum daily life, artists continue to create against the backdrop of an arid Covid landscape.
In a corner of the desert of my mind lay a simple white house, its walls lined with beautiful and inspiring art, inviting repeat walks around the unique design of the building, itself laid out like an architectural carpet page.
Isolation may lead to inspiration; desolation, to production; emptiness, an oasis.
This show has been made possible with the support of www.communitymask.co.uk
Download the show here: https://curat10n.com/carpet-pages/
You are welcome to browse the gallery on your phone or iPad (here) but I strongly recommend that you view it on a proper browser on your desktop computer or laptop - ie a bigger screen - for the best viewing experience.
How to navigate around the gallery on a computer browser for the optimum experience
To look and move around use the arrow keys and mouse:
UP to move forward
DOWN to move back
LEFT and RIGHT to turn
MOUSE to look around
Press SHIFT or Z when looking at the images to zoom in and see detailed information about the piece.
When zoomed in press SPACE to read more about the work.
Press ESCAPE or M which will bring up the menu; from here you can get further tutorials, change settings and quit.
When in front of an artwork you can keep pressing the UP arrow to see how close you can get to the piece - you can get closer than in a real life gallery as there are no barriers or guards here so take your time and peruse each piece at your leisure!
Fatima Zahra Hassan
CARPET PAGES III: PIXELS
Online for our times
Taking pixels and knots as our starting points, in lockdown we break it down into the simplest smallest elements and build it up again. We have time to work out what’s important. We find that certain elements recur and by grace of their repetition they form gorgeous patterns. This show brings together diverse artists who work with patterns in various ways. They fabricate their works in silence, in solitude, in home studios and share it with the whole world online. It’s a new way of working for our strange and interesting times and this virtual version of Carpet Pages reflects that process; many of the artists will meet each other online here for the very first time.
A pixel is the smallest unit on a screen. It is a sample and contains among other things the basic information needed to build up an image. The more pixels, the higher resolution the image.
Similarly, a woven carpet can be broken down to its smallest element, a single knot. The more knots, the more complex the rug.
Thence we sprout:
Pixels into digital images and videos.
Knots into weaves into carpet patterns.
Pixels proliferate into the spawn swarm of images we are confronted with every time we meet a screen.
Knots are communication, save lives and end lives, record events and mark the passing of time.
There is more to the connections between carpets and computers. Indeed, weaving itself contributed to the rise of the early computers - Peruvian weavers, Jacquard looms, Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage and zeros and ones.
We go beyond the binary to investigate the space in between the warp and the weft: the Buddhist spherical button knot enclosing an empty space invites us to consider the endless, cyclical nature of existence; eternal tazhib* illumination patterns dwell in a place outside of time and the very act of drawing geometry calls for musing on the mystical. Geometric and illumination constructions - the backbones of traditional rug making - form the basis of drawings, paintings, textiles, sculptures. Pixels are separated and recombined like alchemical processes by digital magicians. Contemporary artists contemplate the place of art and painting itself in the mass imagery we are flooded with daily in the Anthropocene, finding meaning in patterns amid the noise. Patterns are formed from stories, landscapes, water sources, weaving, kaftans and kimonos, clocks, the rhythm of everyday life.
We will of course return to physical Carpet Pages shows when it is safe to do so; for now I am grateful that we can reach a global audience through this online offering.
This show is dedicated to all the artists in lockdown around the world.
The Carpet Pages cycle is a series of shows presented by artist and curator Vaishali Prazmari. The dazzling title pages of both Islamic and Medieval European manuscript books were called Carpet Pages in reference to their intricate rug-like patterns. These exquisitely detailed and highly ornamented and illuminated surfaces were covered in arabesques and geometric patterns and often included the use of gold and jewel-like, precious pigments. As book pages are sequential, so future shows will build on this third chapter. The curator's love of carpets also reflects the wider goal of this show sequence which is to bring together diverse artists with similar interests into a whole; to unite disparate elements into a unified pattern, which is one of the goals of rug-making itself. Carpets are visual feasts for the eye and this third iteration in the Carpet Pages cycle promises the same.
The Game of the 2 Quills
2 Prizes there are to be won
One spiky and one soft
So let’s have a little fun
In the desert, but don’t get lost
One is a known unknown
And is already history
One is waiting to be shown
And is a total mystery
If you can figure out this riddle
Step inside the door
There’s a carpet in the middle
That covers the whole floor
What is its famous name?
It’s well-known, but here a pale ghost
A feather brush that’s like a flame
Will be flown to you by post*
A needle in the haystack, hidden in the sands
The 5th brush stands and waits
It’s long and thin and pointy and
Sharp and tall and straight
Beside it is the original quill
It may not be what you expect
A soft swan feather it is not; still
It’s black and white bedecked**
*The prize is a Fire brush, the 4th brush in the series from www.theperfectbrush.co.uk. You don’t need to find anything, as the answer is hiding in plain sight. Just email me the answer
**The prize is a mystery… there is a 5th brush…. this treasure is really hidden, and you need to find it. Take a screenshot of its location and email it to me
A. You can enter for both prizes. 2 winners will be picked at random
B. One prize (for the answer to the name of the carpet) is a Fire brush, one prize (for the screenshot) is the 5th brush which is a new brush
C. Email your answer and/or screenshot to email@example.com
D.. The 2 winners will be announced at the end of the show
E. Brushes will be posted to you after this date
- Prints by artist Aziza Iqbal are £90, not £200 as listed; please enquire for more details
- To purchase artist Rita Evans' work, please enquire for more details
- Work Breccia is by Ameet Hindocha and Ali Wade