SEP 10 - OCT 22, 2022
LALANI JENNINGS CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
Lalani Jennings is delighted to present a new body of work from the Brooklyn based Tanzanian-Canadian artist Omar Lalani.
Small Formations, is a brand-new body of self-reflective work produced simultaneously over the past year. Taking the form of the head as its starting point, the works within the exhibition abstractly expand through Lalani's command of gesture and colour.
As the artist writes: "[Small Formations are] A group of paintings that began at the same time, all fit within the span of my shoulders. Arranged with familiar forms, accumulations, impulses, undoings, indulgences, fleeting personas, new tools, to find new grounds. Of the head, in the head, for the eyes and the diaphragm."
Omar Lalani (b. 1990, Toronto, ON) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Omar Lalani explores the psychosensory through the haptics of paint and the interplay of colour and form. Through a self-perpetuating process, he builds up and scrapes away layers of colour and texture, exploring both the stylistic and material possibilities of painting. Through his unexpected colour combinations, and at times palpable bodily forms, Lalani’s paintings become evocative of visceral and sensory experiences. His work has been recently exhibited at 1969 Gallery New York, New York; Little Sister, Toronto, ON; Project Gallery, Toronto, ON; AVALANCHE AVALANCHE, Calgary, AB; Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI; and Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI. and was the co-founder of Pushmi-Pullyu Gallery, Toronto, ON. He received his BDes from the Alberta University of the Arts, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.