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.