Shaan Syed
Canadian, born 1975
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Selected exhibitions
2014
SHAAN SYED - One Minus One,
Ana Cristea Gallery
The Beautiful Changes,
RH Contemporary Art
Shaan Syed - Capital!,
Galerie Michael Janssen

Shaan Syed’s conceptual practice plays with various modes of painting, speaking to both abstract and expressionist traditions. In trying to “objectify a flat surface,” Syed’s paintings both illustrate depth and use tricks of color to defy it. “My paintings merge abstract and representational elements and play with the depthless space of the printed image, the non-space of the computer screen, and the physical space of the painted object,” he says. In the series “When You’re High” (2006-7), crisscrossing bands of diagonal colors are imposed over a black background—displayed alongside one another, the paintings include the visual cues to denote distance and vanishing points, and yet are distinctly flat.

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