DIMENSIONS 9” x 12” MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 50, 2017
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
Using the visual vocabulary of Persian miniature painting, South Asian truck ornamentation, and digital glitch imagery, Iman Raad creates both intimate and large-scale work that addresses humankind's anxieties about existence by staging scenes that feature disturbances in reality. In his Still Lives series, Raad creates ruptures in space / time using a two-fold strategy; by depicting gravitational impossibilities but also by using traditional materials and subject matter – egg-tempera and iconography borrowed from Persian miniatures, respectively – to render the hyper-contemporary language of digital glitches found in stalled internet browsers or retouching software. Raad's subjects are inanimate but anthropomorphic; decorative objects previously relegated to passive kitsch flicker to life with vibrant agency. By inverting the art historical narrative of ornament as a subordinate feature, Raad creates freedom to explore the subjectivity of being.
Framing option is black or white painted wood, 7/8” wide flat face and 7/8” deep, with UV acrylic glass.
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