My dome paintings are portraits. Perhaps even self-portraits, fragile portrayals. Some are ruins, some are vessels and transport, chrome and against corrosion, DeLorean, stellar. Many of the dome and tent paintings of the past years were less about paint than image. Their recent transmutations are about paint. The new images in these paintings continue to grow out of, or away from their predecessors. They are sometimes devils, then angels. Some are on land, in sky or sea, occasional remnants, reformed or transformed. They are a return as well as departure, departure from the dome image and back to the way I use to paint.
(HK Zamani, 2010)
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Iranian-born HK Zamani (Habib Kheradyar Zamani) is a Los Angeles based artist. His work can be located within the extended field of painting, ranging from paintings and objects to site specific, multi-media installations often including performances. His work is guided by multi-cultural influences ranging from asceticism to psychedelia. He performed in the 2007 Prague Quadrennial, has exhibited at MOCA, LACMA, TAM, and Kampa Museum, as well as other venues in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, London, Vienna, Prague, Bangkok, Ho Chi Min City, and Seoul as well as other cities. His work is in the permanent collections of LA County Museum and Berkeley Museum of Art and UC Santa Barbara Museum of Art . He received a C.O.L.A. Grant in 2004, and a California Foundation Getty Grant in 2005. Zamani is the founder and director of PØST (1995 to present), a subversive venue for contemporary art in Los Angeles, where he has hosted nearly four hundred exhibitions.