Vlisco, The True Original, 2014

Basel 2015
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Kour Pour Vlisco, The True Original, 2014 244 x 183 cm Unique Kour Pour finds his subjects primarily in the ornamental aesthetic and fantastic repertoire of figures of Ancient Persian carpets. However, Pour is not only interested in reproducing the formal beauty of these pieces of art-historically significant human craftsmanship, but also in concentrating, collaging, and remixing old patterns and circulating these images by means of modern technology. Therefore, illustrations of his works can be found next to antique carpets with corresponding image content in auction catalogues or online. Pour plays with this phenomenon as well as with the increasing conflation and juxtaposition of high culture, subculture, and commercial art. Thus, some of the Old Persian figures and mythical creatures or insignias of power and belief today are used as clipart images for illustrative purposes. Oriental carpets frequently embody gardens or parks. Therefore, motifs from nature are used: different plants, clouds, water, hilly landscapes or animals. Birds appearing on many oriental rugs, for example, refer to paradise and spring. The carpet reflects the splendor of life, which, however, is finite, - hence, always a frame surrounds the image space. Nomads even could create with their carpets a kind of a small own garden to take away.