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Rema Ghuloum: In Remembrance Of…

December 1, 2010 - January 8, 2011,

Opening reception for the artist Wednesday, December 8th. 6 - 9 pm

“Nothing is more abstract than reality”
(Giorgio Morandi)

In Remembrance Of… is a meditation that shows a system based on observation, time, memory, mimesis, shared experience, and how these ideas relate to the tradition of painting.

During a period of complete political turmoil, Italian painter Giorgio Morandi became inspired by Meta-Physical painting — a style that expressed illogical realities. Morandi studied banal objects and painted them as still life. His observation of the nuances of light on form and the treatment of his subject transformed modest still lives of bottles and pots into quirky monuments that were subjected to different times of day. The transformative attributes that he gave his subject matter and his ability to recreate his intimate experience for the viewer is what I have reflected upon in his work and has become the departure point for this installation.

Shared experience:
Gabriel Remon, Tiffany Canter, and I walked and observed the block that ATA resides in-between 20th and 21st st. at Valencia. That day we recorded our recollections of this experience in a painting.

The three paintings have allowed me to represent their collective formal attributes as provisional painted constructions, which will be arranged as three dimensional still life and become new subject matter.

Rema Ghuloum is an artist who lives and works in San Francisco. For more information, please visit: