Palimpsest: Unstable Paintings for Anxious Interiors, Kamrooz Aram

Kevin Jones reviewed Kamrooz Aram's exhibition at Green Gallery
Adding to his reductionist repertoire of wiping off, sanding down, and scraping away the surfaces of his large canvases, Aram, in the aptly named “Palimpsest” series, introduces the near-universal gesture of the graffiti cover-up. Culled from the urban landscape, where wayward wall scrawl is obliterated by fretful officials or grumbling building owners, this potent gesture of overwriting an image (and thus creating a surface on which to layer a new graffito) is tangled up in Aram’s wider interrogation of abstract painting’s potential to engage social issues. more Kevin Jones, ArtForum

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Kamrooz Aram, Uncertain Forms in Resistant Space (Palimpsest #26), 2013, Oil, oil pastel and wax pencil on canvas, 213 x 183 cm

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Kamrooz Aram, Maspeth Rituals (Palimpsest #14), 2013, Oil, oil pastel and wax pencil on canvas, 213 x 183 cm


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