HK Zamani’s new body of works, Inadvertent Protagonists (2018 to present) focuses on the idea of “co-existence” in their imageries: some paintings actively converse with their sculptural counterparts. His dome and tent paintings (2005-2008) were less about paint than image. Their transmutation of the last ten years has come to be about paint. These paintings are portraits: self-portraits and fragile portrayals. Some are ruins, some are vessels, and some are fantastical modes of transport. The new images in these paintings continue to grow out of, and away from, their predecessors. They are sometimes devils, then angels. Some are on land, in sky or sea, occasional remnants, reformed or transformed. The images are made up of ghostly matter, channeled and conjured.
Zamani is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, and founder of PØST, a subversive exhibition space in Los Angeles (1995 - 2019), where more than five hundred exhibits have been hosted. He has exhibited extensively, is a recipient of COLA and CCF Grants, and is in the collections of LA County Museum of Art and Berkley Museum of Art.