ABOUT WEBSITE: The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.
ABOUT THE ART COMPASS: The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.
The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.
Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.
Farida Sultan is a multimedia Egyptian Artist exploring the crossroads between painting, drawing, digital art, and installation. Colour manipulation is perhaps the most crucial element of her work and her artistic expression. And with today's ever-growing contemporary world her inspiration to find new methods of work are never-ending.
Inspired by the vast cultural visual imagery of the Egyptian culture, Farida Sultan uses her culture for everyday inspiration when making her artworks, everyday scenes, people and small fragments of Cairo are delineated through playful colour distortion and celebration. Sultan’s artworks show very visually stimulating imagery as it challenges our relationship to colour. Her work shows an explosion of colour that favours the rhythm of the colours over representation.
Her latest piece consists of three-dimensional wooden panel structures, covered by a digital print and some painting that interact as a 3D object. Rather than having flat images, her artworks become physical objects, bringing what we would normally see on a print or canvas to a form of dimension we can walk around and interact with.