Kamrooz Aram’s work disrupts the false opposition between ornament and abstraction, and challenges ornament’s relegation to discourses of criminality and excess. In his wide ranging exhibitions, he stages an encounter between the Euro-American avant-garde and non-western forms of abstraction, interrogating the boundaries between art, artifact, and modes of display. His lyrical paintings and arrangements break down the hierarchies of modernist aesthetics, asking that we rethink its categories and re-encounter these ideas and objects anew. Combining painting, sculpture, collage and exhibition design, he creates an interdependence between object and display, revealing the significance of design and architecture in affecting the interpretation of art.
Kamrooz Aram (b. 1978, Shiraz, Iran) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been the subject of recent solo and two person exhibitions including: "Privacy, an Exhibition," The Arts Club of Chicago, IL; "Lives of Forms: Kamrooz Aram and Iman Issa," Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture, Hasselt, Belgium (2021); "An Object, A Gesture, A Décor," FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2018); "FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram," Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2018); "Ancient Blue Ornament," The Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2018); "Ornament for Indifferent Architecture," Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017). Aram’s work has been the subject of articles and reviews in publications including Artforum, ArtReview, ARTnews, Art in America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, among others.
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