Navid Nuur @ Parasol Unit : Another View

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Sometimes living in REALITY can be quite difficult? Growing up can be such a pain. But that does not mean our FUN and IMAGINATON has to go with our youth?? I think the newest exhibition at Parasol Unit, is an escape from capitalist reality we live in today and allows our inner curious child to come out. Navid Nuur’s Phantom Fuel (13 March-19 May 2013), is an EXPLORATION of the MIND and provides the viewer with world of DISCOVERY. It is a lighthearted exhibition (which seems to diverge from my past reviews on exhibitions – I usually like the grotesque and heavily conceptual works) that plays with the phenomenological experience. Some of his works, can be slightly paralleled to the famous Duchamp – what a guy! Nuur takes found objects (like Duchamp) but rather reconstitutes its function thus creating a new object for experience and us the viewers can explore. I felt like a little child peeping through the holes of the reconstituted flash lights, that hold small collages of people and areas, or calling the cell phone that was plastered to wall with red and blue plasticine to hear Nuur himself screaming “RED BLUE.” Nuur I believe has a great sense of BEAUTY in the smallest things, which is what utterly EXCITES. An installation displaying a popsicle that drips and a projection that captures and displays the dripping is something beautiful that is often overlooked. Children find great satisfaction in the smallest things, and I believe that Nuur holds this childlike view of the world and creates works to let us see. If you’re in a mood to discover and find the inner child in you, go see this latest exhibition. It’s fun, exciting and imaginative, and that is what art should be.

Peace Out, K

P.S. YOU HAVE 3 DAYS LEFT TO GO GO GO!!!!

P.P.S. DON’T FORGET TO BRING A POUND AND A PENCE TO GET A METAL FINGERPRINT FROM THE ARTIST HIMSELF BY SPINNING ONE OF THOSE MACHINES THAT YOU FIND AT A THEME PARK! ONE OF THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PIECES OF ART YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION!

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Phantom Fuel: Navid Nuur @ Parasol Unit

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If you find yourself in East London you should probably go to Parasol Unit. Currently on view is the work of Iran-born Dutch artist artist Navid Nuur and it’s nothing short of AMAZING. The show, entitled Phantom Fuel provides just the right amount of a certain push/pull aesthetic with works that invite you in and others that repel you just as quickly. With sculptural and installation-style works, the show pieces together a certain narrative which provides the viewer with an experience you can not only SEE, but FEEL.

In the first room you find yourself in a dark space, navigating an interesting array of LIGHT and NEON works. Traveling through SAND PAPER CURTAINS (it sounds about as pleasant as it feels… not) you come into the next space, light I may add, which presents sculptural works, an iphone video and even a freezer full of ice lollies. The exhibition continues in the first floor gallery space with more sculptural works as well as an eerily dark room. There is also work in the gardens outside. In order to not give it all away though, I’ll stop there.

Something is present, driving you onwards and upwards through the space and it’s that something that follows you when you leave. Perhaps its the broad combination of STYLES. Or perhaps it is the juxtaposition between LIGHT and DARK spaces you find yourself in. Or maybe it just is what it claims to be: Phantom Fuel, something INTANGIBLE but POWERFUL which encompasses the mind, body, and soul.

The show is on until the 19th of May. We highly suggest you take a field trip and experience this Phantom Fuel for yourself.

Cheers, NYX