Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nasreen Mohamedi created a highly developed language from the 1950s to the 1980s. Early drawings often suggest plants and trees, before the artist focused on creating variations around the grid format; later works present free-floating geometric forms that evoke futuristic, mechanical or architectural devices.
These abstract forms were often developed in intricately detailed diaries, written throughout the artist’s life, where the written word morphs into personalised symbols, grids and diagonals. The artist traces or weaves regular patterns in her drawings, as if mapping a pulse or internal flow onto external phenomena. Her tightly cropped photographs seek out elemental forms such as the repetitive patterns found in the sea or landscapes as well as in the constructed world, in architecture and urban design.
12:52 am • 18 July 2014 • 103 notes
Elevated train wreck. Beach Street, Chinatown in Boston. 1928.
4:31 pm • 18 June 2014 • 114 notes
تو ماهتاب بودي من چون ستازه
من و تو دوري نداريم.
You are the moon,
and I, a star
Me and you, we have no separation.
8:14 pm • 13 June 2014 • 321 notes
Upper West Side, Manhattan
4:02 am • 8 June 2014
Maya Angelou and New York City | Village Voice
Curtains forcing their will
against the wind,
exchanging dreams with
seraphim. The city
drags itself awake on
subway straps; and
I, an alarm, awake as a
rumor of war,
lie stretching into dawn,
unasked and unheeded.
—Maya Angelou, Awakening in New York, 1983
1:01 am • 29 May 2014
India, Mughal (reign of Shah Jahan)
Ink on paper, ca. 1627–58
Album folio containing a drawing bordered by two gilt frames and mounted onto a page bearing a gilt pattern of irises
The British Museum, London; © The Trustees of the British Museum
12:34 am • 29 May 2014 • 50 notes
Massimo Vignelli, you will be missed.
This is a bummer middle of the week.
9:46 pm • 28 May 2014 • 25 notes