Acrylic on Persian carpet (framed)
Dimensions: 107.5 cm (w) x 107.5 cm (h)
Created for Never Underestimate the Monochrome, Blocked Square (2012) is a partially painted Persian carpet. With the exception of the center, which is masked out in the shape of a square, the rest of the carpet is covered in layers of white paint. This masking creates a white border around the carpet and opens up a window to the colorful geometric and abstract patterns already existing in the carpet. The configuration of the squares intentionally recalls one of Kazimir Malevich's geometric abstract paintings, Black Square. Done in 1913, Black Square symbolically moves away from representation towards the language of modern abstraction. What Malevich called Suprematism was meant to be supreme over other forms of art prior to it, but what is also significant is his term Zero of Form, which he associated with Black Square. Zero of Form suggests both a point of departure but also a void in terms of form, empty and at the same time saturated. The experimentation with form and color, simultaneous void and fullness, emptiness and richness are the basis of my Blocked Square. This work is a continuation of the series titled Impositions, which began in 2007 by covering Persian carpets with a single color. Blocked Square highlights the often ignored carpet by an act of defacement while opening a window that invites viewers to contemplate the cultural aspects of abstract patterns.
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