Like Ghosts: New Works by Rema Ghuloum and HK Zamani
It is with great pleasure that we present the two-person exhibition Like Ghosts: New Works by Rema Ghuloum and HK Zamani at JAUS. Like Ghosts marks a return from a 7 month hiatus for JAUS, and we are thrilled and honored to show the most recent paintings by Ghuloum and Zamani for this occasion.
Although working within the rubric of abstract painting, Ghuloum and Zamani, upon first glance, make vastly divergent works. This exhibition was initially conceived not so much for their similarities, but more as a study in contrasts in which the two artists’ differences would complement each other in an intriguing manner. Unlike his previous, more imagistic works which depict dome structures implementing trompe-l'œil techniques, Zamani’s paintings from the last 8 years feature ambiguous and ludic forms that have less to do with representation and more to do with the exploration of paint as a medium. These bold yet playful statements that juxtapose vibrant, impasto streaks against flat and expansive fields, at first glance, seem to have very little to do with Ghuloum's abstractions born from the laborious process of layering and removal of pigment from the canvas’ surface.
Beyond obvious, painterly commonalities that deal with their interest in mark-making and their sensitivity to palette, through dialogue and investigation, certain conceptual affinities reveal themselves in the works by Ghuloum and Zamani. They reference both real and imagined landscapes, objects and memory, and attempt to evoke something which may or may not already be there, either in real life or in the artists’ respective minds. Zamani aptly refers to the forms in his work as being “like ghosts.” Coincidentally, the idea of the “ghost” is a recurring motif for Ghuloum as well, and a word in the titles of her past works. Like a phantom that arrives unexpectedly, what began as a more intuitive pairing has become a proposal with a curious and (in)tangible connection.
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Rema received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach in 2007 and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010. Rema was a recipient of the Esalen Pacifica Prize in 2012, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2010, and the Max Gatov award in 2007. Rema has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues like the Cue Art Foundation, Sonce Alexander Gallery, George Lawson Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, and Arka Gallery in Vladivostok, Russia. Since 2012, Rema has been one of the four members of the curatorial collective – Manual History Machines.
Iranian-born artist HK Zamani lives and works in Los Angeles. His work is guided by extreme influences ranging from asceticism to psychedelia. He has exhibited in many cities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, London, Vienna, Prague, Seoul, and Saigon. His work is in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Berkeley Museum of Art. He has received the COLA grant, and the California Community Foundation Getty grant. Zamani is the founder and director of PØST (1995-present), a subversive venue for contemporary art, where nearly five hundred exhibitions have been presented.
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