The FLAG Art Foundation presents Kamrooz Aram: An Object, A Gesture, A Décor.
Kamrooz Aram exhibits new paintings, sculptural works, and collages, highlighting the complex position of ornament throughout the history of modern art. Challenging conventional art historical hierarchies that have placed fine art and the decorative arts into separate categories of value, Aram’s works mediate patterns lifted from Persian carpets through gestural abstraction, allow color field painting to become backdrops for found ceramics, and use architectural materials such as brass, terrazzo, wood, and wall painting with reference to encyclopedic museums, where viewers typically engage the so-called decorative arts.
Kamrooz Aram (b. 1978, Shiraz, Iran) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Aram received a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, in 2001, and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 2003. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions including: 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); and Recollections for a Room, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2016). 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.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)