Basim Magdy,An Island Recalls the Tangled Details of Its Past Life as a Poem of Solitude and Unrecorded Events,2016
Basim Magdy, Egyptian, b. 1977 An Island Recalls the Tangled Details of Its Past Life as a Poem of Solitude and Unrecorded Events, 2016 C-Prints from chemically-altered slides on Fujiflex Metallic material Seven parts, each framed: 24 1/2 × 36 5/16 in. (62.2 × 92.2 cm) and 24 1/2 × 24 9/16 in. (62.2 × 62.4 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Commission, 2017.9.a-g
Short A brightly colored geometric shape floats in a starry sky above a figure wearing an equally colorful head dress and jumpsuit.
Long A three-dimensional geometric shape floats in a starry night sky, taking up most of the upper two-thirds of the painting. The shape is multi-faceted, with 7 faces showing. Each face has has a gradient of vibrant colors ranging from yellow to green, blue to pink, and red to black. The faces are flat and matte, stark against the spray-painted starry night sky. Behind the shape, we see black and grey stripes creating a shadow of the shape. The ground is white, as if it is covered by snow. There are four round-edged rectangles along the ground, in pastel colors. A small lone figure stands in the bottom center of the painting, wearing an orange jumpsuit with green side stripes, red gloves, dark blue boots, and a striped, semi-circular hat. The figure stands directly under the geometric shape, looking at us, and is dwarfed by the size of the geometric shape.