Persian Carpets Merge With Crumbling Concrete in Jason Seife’s Elaborate Paintings — Colossal

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#acrylic painting
#carpets
#Jason Seife
#painting
#rugs

September 11, 2023

Kate Mothes

All images © Jason Seife, shared with permission

Using fine-tipped brushes to compose intricate details, Jason Seife (previously) reimagines Persian carpets as remarkable acrylic paintings. Over the past six years, he has increasingly incorporated concrete in place of canvas, inviting relief elements that gouge into the surface. “Each painting has its own set of obstacles,” he wrote recently on Instagram. “The sculptural elements, which add depth and texture to what is normally a very flat process, are some of my favorite parts of working with this material.”

Seife examines our associations around architecture and interior space, transferring patterns we normally see beneath our feet onto the wall. The chipped concrete evokes crumbling villas or excavated ruins, as if the carpets have melded with and grown into the architecture itself. In his recent exhibition at Pérez Art Museum Miami, the artist exhibited some of his largest works to date, incorporating colorful panels nestled within wallpaper-like botanical reliefs.

Find even more on Seife’s website.

 

An acrylic painting on concrete in the pattern of an ornate carpet.

Detail of an acrylic painting on concrete in the pattern of an ornate carpet.

An acrylic painting on concrete in the pattern of an ornate carpet.

An acrylic painting of decorative carpet patterns installed on a wall with similar symmetrical patterns.

A horizontal painting featuring three panels in decorative carpet patterns that look like a worn concrete wall.

Detail of a painting featuring decorative carpet patterns that appear chipped.

An acrylic painting of carpet decorations on concrete.

Installation view of two large horizontal paintings at PAMM.

A detailed painting of geometric shapes with the artist's hand working on a detail.

#acrylic painting
#carpets
#Jason Seife
#painting
#rugs

 

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