Primary Symbols
Photographs by Adrian Ravarour

Softcover Spiral bound 10.75" x 8.25"
74 pages $25

Primary Symbols is a profound homage to the realm of Contemporary Art, Pop Art, and Minimalism, encapsulating the essence of these artistic movements. This transformative series emerged during the period of stringent coronavirus restrictions in the summer of 2021. As a splendid manifestation of lens-based Art, these photographs embody meticulously crafted designs extracted from their original settings and detached from any contextual backdrop. Through this deliberate detachment, the imagery undergoes a process of reduction, resulting in a collection of simplistic yet captivating designs that beckon exploration of concepts such as perception, interpretation, and representation.

Within the realm of Primary Symbols, one encounters a thought-provoking interplay between the mundane and the extraordinary, seamlessly interwoven with cultural iconography and elements derived from the profound philosophies of Zen and Asian Art. As the viewer immerses themselves in these remarkable visual narratives, evocative of Henri Matisse's illustrious cut-outs, they become acutely aware of the resonating impact of the coronavirus pandemic's enduring restrictions. Travel limitations, isolation, and the altered dynamics of human interaction permeate each prime sign, providing a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by society.

Ravarour, the visionary artist behind this transcendent series, embarked on an artistic journey rooted in Color Field photography. As this artistic process unfolded, it organically evolved into the captivating realm of Primary Symbols, distinct from conventional photograms or cut-outs. By meticulously fashioning hand-made stencils, Ravarour harnessed the power of light to capture these remarkable visual compositions. Each photograph thus becomes a testament to the artist's unparalleled skill in harmonizing the interplay between light, form, and symbolism. The result is an awe-inspiring collection that resonates with the profound depths of human perception and emotional resonance.


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