Blackout Dreams – exhibition opening


About the exhibition

“Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a constant act of re-creation” –
Blackout Dreams explore the subjectivity of the mind, as the container of memories. The exhibition consists of a series of oil paintings and photo collages that evoke the nature of recollection and the re-creation of faded memories associated with the passage of time and age.

Faces, spaces and events deform and reshape into our interpretation of what the past moment entailed. Subjects retain their most distinctive features, while the rest becomes an abstract interpretation of the bygone reality. Recollections become less photographic and more abstract and accentuated as they fall further into our past.

To depict this phenomenon, Kasra uses patterns, transparent layers and a mono-printing technique, in order to allow the photographic reality to morph into the subjective, surreal imprints lingering in the mind. This imperfect depiction leaves the observer to fill in the blanks with their own imagination and emotional state.


Born in 1981, Kasra grew up in Tehran and London and now lives and works in New York. He is a photographer and painter primarily working with oil, acrylic and mono-printing on glass and paper.

Kasra started exploring free hand sketching from early ages. In 2006, during his Masters at Politecnico di Design in Milan he received formal sketching training and applied it to designing furniture and objects for companies like Thonet and Artemide.
Kasra relocated to Boston in 2010, where he studied his second Masters in Product Design and attended several drawing workshops during which he started exploring oil color. He held his first solo exhibition of artwork at MIT in 2011.

Inspired by the works of figurative expressionists like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, in his paintings he uses bold textures and patterns to create intimate and whimsical instances.

Start Date

June 25, 2016

End Date

June 26, 2016


03:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Charles Gallery, 163 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

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