Artist Rana Begum Blurs Boundaries Between Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture
2. November 2022
Photo: Sean Fleming
On display on the campus of Rice University in Houston until December 17, 2022, Rana Begum's No.1187 Mesh and No. 1193 Mesh are colorful mesh sculptures meant to "push the material and conceptual possibilities of public artwork."
Although I never visited it in person, the Rice University Art Gallery attracted my attention for many years, from the installation of Yasuaki Onishi's topographical reverse of volume in 2012 to the more scholarly Learning from Houston project by Atelier Bow-Wow and Rice University professor Jesús Vassallo a few years later. The gallery closed in 2017, and with it ended the consistent display of site-specific artworks (a couple other examples are here and here). A similar feeling returns with photographs revealing two site-specific artworks by Rana Begum, who was born in Bangladesh and lives in London: No.1187 Mesh and No. 1193 Mesh, both commissioned by Rice's Moody Center for the Arts. Take a look at the pair of artworks in the photographs below.