Ramon Kassam

Paintings form the basis of Ramon Kassam’s practice. They incorporate various motifs in their often ruthless and laboured construction. His recent work re-connects with the concept of the artist as creative subject, combining the thematic of the artist's workspace (canvas, studio, gallery and urban environment) with formal and conceptual references to the autonomous reality of modernist abstraction.

The paintings are the result of an intuitive reshuffling and re-contextualisation of studio materials, art histories, biographical elements and formal structures. They relate to one another through an invented narrative centred around an artist’s supposed activities, environment and viewpoints. The paintings are intended to act as both the documentation and result of this hypothetical narrative. These compositions of invented spaces, viewpoints, paintings and actions, owe much of their painterly gesture to Kassam’s cut and paste approach to absorb and refract the abstract surface quality of the urban environment. 'He likens urban surroundings and experiences to physically living within a painting, citing the haphazard combinations of artificial colour, texture, form and narrative on any given streetscape as part of his concept '1. This combined with his appreciation for modernist abstracted painterly language informs much of his aesthetic. Colour and form are erratically combined to create his visual arrangements. Canvases are often cropped, flipped, stitched together or glued, and can incorporate various studio materials such as tape, paper, wood, tacks, etc. These processes and concepts are intended to provide multiple readings of the work, but ultimately aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition, and the physical and psychological landscape of Kassam’s world.

1. Michele Horrigan, Exhibition text - Ramon Kassam | Portrait cuts itself out on the floor, Pallas Projects, 2013.



Works, 19 May - 08 Jul 2016, 19 May - 08 Jul 2016


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