Green on Red Gallery

Exhibition

Works
Ramon Kassam

  • 19 May - 08 Jul 2016

Green On Red Gallery is excited to announce the first solo show in the gallery by Limerick-born artist Ramon Kassam. Kassam has shown himself to be one of the most interesting and original artists to emerge from his generation in the last years.  He showed his leading instincts early on in university when he founded Occupy space in Limerick where he had a solo show in 2010.  He described his works at the time as follows : " These paintings incorporate various motifs in their quite often ruthless and laboured construction.  The works come from a place of deep personal engagement with life in the studio and reflect its relationship to the city. "

 

Kassamís paintings combine the thematic of the artist's workspace (canvas, studio and urban environment) with formal and conceptual references to the autonomous reality of modernist abstraction. In his new series of paintings at The Green on Red Gallery, Kassam continues to develop invented narratives that centre around an artistís supposed activities, environment and viewpoints. The works in this exhibition have a particular focus on the creative output (works) of his hypothetical practitioner.


Because Ireland is an island, perhaps there was, or still is, the potential for forms of painting to emerge that are particularly endemic to here - Ireland as a sort of GalŠpagos Islands model for painting. Maybe the proliferation of landscape in Irish painting, or the murals in Northern Ireland are cases for that, forms of painting that emerged as a result of our particular conditions. Those forms of painting could be viewed as an act of repossession, a land grab or reclaiming of territory through the medium. Kassamís approach in recent work to imagine a semi fictional world to site an artist in, is an ongoing project and an attempt to create his own conditions for the emergence of potential practice and narratives.


The paintings in Works depict subjects and narratives usually situated in or around an artistís studio or urban environment. Painting in the third person, Kassam plays out and proposes potential artistic activity that emerges from these worlds. These include an artist designing and displaying a flag for his practice ( Study for his flag & A flag for his practice ), exhibiting new works ( New Work ), and a depiction of fictional lost work ( Slide jpg - lost early work ). The aesthetic of these and Kassamís other work is influenced by the painted fabric of the Irish urban environment and his appreciation for modernist abstracted painterly language. Blocks of colour and form are haphazardly combined to create visual arrangements and narratives.

 

Canvases are often cropped, flipped, glued, and can incorporate various studio materials such as tape, photographs, paper, wood, tacks, etc. These processes and concepts on show are intended to provide multiple readings of the work, but ultimately aim to connect to paintingís visual tradition, and the physical and psychological landscape of Kassamís real world.

Biography

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  • Ramon Kassam
  • New Work (2016)
  • Acrylic, inkjet prints, stretcher bar, plastic & staples on linen, 213 x 180 cm.
New Work (2016)
A flag for his practice (2016)
Lying in bed imagining its own marks (2016)
Model (2016)
Looped work as a portrait or a building (2016)
His re-worked Kassam (2016)
Slide jpg - lost early work (2016)
Talk (2016)
View from bed (2016)
Study for his flag (2016)
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'
Installation view of 'Works'

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