Monday, October 08, 2007

Depopulated urban interiors

Carl Hammoud’s oil on linen paintings are timeless, placeless views of surreal office spaces that seem to have just been ransacked and abandoned. Papers still fly, chairs tip, and light creeps across the composition in spaces curiously devoid of the text and logos now so integral to our urban landscape. Hammoud deftly paints the detritus of mindless office work, conveying a curious stillness—as though his worlds are outside the impact of time—leaving the viewer apprehensive at the source of the scenes’ discord. October 11th-November 10th at Bellwether, NY

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