From the curator: Painted between mid-2008 to early 2010, the two series, Objects + Presence explores the formalistic aspects of composition. "Objects" is an a conceptual series that explores placement, color, texture, and size of forms that includes a tapered figure, a circle, and a diaphanous line. "Presence" is a series of works composed of arrows, definite rectangles, indefinite quadrilaterals, faded textures and free-form circles. The use of color-textured and dark backgrounds were a basis to thoroughly express the sometimes bold, and other times faint foreground.
Opening: Friday, February 12th, 7p - 10p (with a musical performance by the artist and his band). The show continues weekends February 13th - March 7th, noon - 6pm.
About the artist:
Keshav Ramaswami is an artist from Leawood, Kansas who was born in Lawrence. He grew up painting on tiles and small canvases and scribbling abstract figures on paper. Around 2006, he began to paint on larger canvases with a more direct approach, observing and studying the works of Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian. Beginning to build a portfolio, he started to paint and develop his style. His current Influences include Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Joan Miro.
Keshav (16) is a junior at Shawnee Mission East High School. He is an accomplished guitarist and a member of the SME Blue Knights Jazz Band. He actively pursues biological research at UMKC and is an avid tennis player.