Kamrooz Aram at the Modern

Thursday B and I headed to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for an early glimpse of a new exhibit opening this weekend.  We love being members -- we get a chance to support the museum and to be among the first to view each new exhibit.  We were invited to an artist's talk and reception for "Focus: Kamrooz Aram."

Aram combines painting, sculpture and collage into his installations.  Several of the pieces in the exhibit contain abstracted motifs from Persian carpets.  And the triangle features heavily in his work.  He explained that he loves triangles -- they appear in both Persian stucco designs from the 13th and 14th centuries and in Western Modernist painting. 
Of course, I was thinking that they appear in both traditional and modern quilting.  I love them, too!

He painted these three pieces after visiting the Modern last year:
Another with a similar feel:
Aram told us that these paintings were inspired by the architecture of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's building, designed by Tadeo Ando.  It is a beautiful place, composed of concrete and glass:
After the talk, Brian and I sipped wine, munched hors d'oeuvres and looked out over the reflecting pool.  It was a beautiful evening:
These last two pieces are installations.   Aram often uses his paintings as a backdrop, with a sculpture or a piece of pottery on a pedestal in front of the painting.  He told us that it was to give importance to the objects in the front, which are usually from the so called minor arts, and to downplay the importance of the painting, which is considered one of the fine arts.
 It is a fun exhibit.  If you are in Fort Worth, come see it!


Jaye Dodds said…
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Thorough Lad said…
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