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The Importance of Form: Art by Keshav Ramaswami



Designer, musician and artist Keshav Ramaswami creates work under the studio name AA/K/AA/R/A, a stylized form of a Sanskrit word which roughly translates into English as “formation.” Certainly, Ramaswami’s entire portfolio speaks to the importance of form.




I really enjoy the monochromatic, ultra-modern aesthetic of much of the art and design in Ramaswami’s portfolio. The linear, geometric, tech-y look and feel to many of these works calls to mind conceptual artists like Ryoji Ikeda. The artist’s own background is in molecular biology, which certainly explains many of the scientific leanings in both his aesthetic and his process.


The artist’s plusNull series is really fascinating. Using heavy black inks the artist creates abstract geometric compositions that seem to reference schematics or circuitry while maintaining a sense of mystery that prevents them from being too easily tied to anything recognizable. The high-contrast cleanliness of the images lends to the futuristic, scientific aesthetic at play.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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