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    Sale 7802

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    29 April 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 83

    Tammam Azzam (Syrian, b. 1980)

    Laundry Series

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    Tammam Azzam (Syrian, b. 1980)
    Laundry Series
    Mixed media on canvas
    71 x 71in. ( 182 x 182cm)
    Executed 2008

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    Employing everyday objects such as clothes pins and items of clothing, Tammam Azzam creates texture and dimension in his enigmatic compositions
    that speak of negative and positive space. These ordinary objects create a
    framework around which Azzam creates highly textured compositions, sometimes
    clothes pins are holding white sheets in place, in another they are used as
    templates. While these objects are used to generate a distinct abstract expressionist feel, in which the emphasis is on the tactical application of
    medium, Azzams compositions simultaneously recall the sharp lines, dramatic
    peaks and vivid sensations of surfaces found in nature. The result is
    canvases inspired both by the rugged volcanic terrain of Azzams native Suwieda southern Syria, but at the same time recall clothes lines in densely
    packed urban settings.