Jonathan Viner Gallery is pleased to present Aggregate, a solo exhibition of paintings by American artist Amir Nikravan. For his first exhibition with the gallery, Nikravan presents a suite of works which perform the aggregate nature of his practice in which heterogeneous styles, genres, mediums, and materials are synthesized into a unique assemblage of images.
Using sand, gravel, stone, and concrete, materials also called aggregate in commercial construction, Nikravan builds objects that transform the heavy mass and physicality of matter into vivid and weightless images. They hover somewhere between the archaeological and architectural, the synthetic and the real.
These enigmatic paintings are created in a unique process: A painted or sculpted field is created and covered with fabric. This in turn is subjected to a vacuum process that removes the oxygen between the canvas and mold. The fabric, while adhering to the mold, is sprayed with layers of paint to synthesize the effect of light and shadow raking across its surface. This creates an indexed facade that, once peeled from its armature and stretched onto aluminum, remains insistently as an image of the former sculptural plain.