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Karen Alekyan
karen_alekyanIn a winter light, panels, a sign, electric cables, an old church, it is without question the environment of Armenian towns, the thousand-year-old alphabet of Mesrop Machtots, in contrast to the increasingly aggressive billboards of the consumer society.
Beyond the purely pictorial interrogation between surface and depth, it remains that behind the daily fašade hides the question of identity. Where the border between nature and technology is located, between past and future, the announced apocalypse does not seem to have taken place, passes very close to or superimposes the elements of an ancient culture and that which appears.
Moreover, the modulated light which bathes the works of Karen Alekian, lights everything in the same way. All these paintings talk about human activity, shops, trams, stores, but at same time all seems empty; they are carried by a pallet of deafened and moderated tones dominated by greys, whites and some touches of red or green, the blue of the panels seem to indicate a way to be cleared through this new contemporary reality of Armenia.
Painting, sometimes static where only the small characters of the panels seem to be driven, offer a framing of truncated images thus stopping the normal course of the narration. Letting the doubt soar about a possible continuity, but at the same time, the perspective always opens onto the sky, almost like a symbol of the ascension. Numerous vertical elements in the works, lead the glance towards the "top". Thus in the art of the painter a directional dialectic operates: high, low, horizontally. In the majority of the canvases, the street or the road in perspective, maintains an determined opening towards a distance to be reached. Sometimes, if one can test the anguish of the void and that of the impossibility of cutting through a path, through this electric wire labyrinth, the way is never without exit, but the search of a new truth indicates rather.
The "passage" is possible, it would have to be stressed that in the urban space of Yerevan, stands a gigantic staircase: cascade, like a kind of need to escape gravity, a rise in the heart in the city.
The works of the painter enable us to pass quietly, perhaps with melancholy of a reality to another, that of contemporary Armenia.

Alain Navarra-Navassartian

Born in 1975, Gyumri, Armenia
Lives and works in Gyumri, Armenia

Education
1998-2004 - Academy of Fine Arts. Yerevan, Armenia
1990-1995 - Art College. Yerevan, Armenia
1984-1988 - Art School. Gyumri, Armenia

Work Experience
2009 - up to now Yerevan state Academy of Fine Arts, Gyumri branch, lecturer of graphic and coloured design. Gyumri, Armenia

Personal Exhibitions
2011 - "Solo Exhibitions 2011-2012", www.laboratoriodeartepostmoderno.yolasite.com, www.soloexhibitions.webs.com, Montevideo - Punta del Este. Uruguay
2007 - "The future which has passed" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2002 - Art College. Gyumri, Armenia
1989 - "After the Earthguake" Venice, Italy

Grouop Exhibitions
2011 - "Beyond Fences" AUA, Akian Art Gallery. Yerevan, Armenia
2011 - "Das Auto", Berlin hotel, Gallery 25. Gyumri, Armenia
2011 - "A Book About Death" Quetzalcoatl Feathersnake Gallery. Seattle Washington, USA
2011 - "A Book about Life" Twiligth Photo Art gallery. Duisburg, Germany. Red Bluff Art Gallery. USA-California
2011 - "The Medusa Gaze Project" www.medusagaze.tumblr.com, www.seekingkali.com online exhibition. USA, Europa
2011 - "Like That" Galentz museum. Yerevan, Armenia
2011 - "A Book About Death: Firehouse Gallery, MoMA. New York, USA
2011 - "Black & White" Historic Museum of Florida CCF. Uruguy
2011 - "CITY IN USE" discussions, presentations, art exhibitions, actions. Yerevan, Armenia
2011 - "No Violence" online exhibition, www.mailartpelapaz.blogspot.com. Brazil
2011 - "Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts 65" Artist Union of Armenia. Yerevan, Armenia
2011 - "Warning planet" Antimuseo Labtop, Archivium Museale Gallery. Montevideo, Uruguay
2011 - "DEFENSE D`AFFICHER" online exhibition, http://defensedafficherproject.blogspot.com / networkedblogs.com (worldwide) Paris, France
2011 - "Women in Art" La Biennale de Montevideo, resto-pud Sorocabana Palace. Uruguay
2011 - "Seeking Kali" online exhibition, http://seekingkali.blogspot.com. Belgium-Canada-USA
2011 - "Femmine" Fabbricaimmagine lab via the three puppets 5/a. Rome, Italy
2011 - "INS-TALL ACTIONS 2011" Contemporary Art Laboratory. Montevideo, Uruguay
2011 - "Me among my friends-open personalities", the museum M. A. Vrubel. Omsk, Russia
2010 - "Body, New figurative art in Armenia", Artist Union of Armenia. Yerevan, Armenia
2010 - "The Archivation of Archive or Memory of the Future", VII International Biennial. Gyumri, Armenia
2010 - "Rusty Pumpkin" M. Sebastatsi educational complex, Mediacenter. Yerevan, Armenia
2009 - "The way it is" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2009 - "Rusty Pumpkin" M. Sebastatsi educational complex, Mediacenter. Yerevan, Armenia
2009 - "Social mutation" Afermative Art ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2008 - 20 Anniversary of Gyumri earthguake. Yerevan, Armenia
2008 - "Feminism" " One" gallery. Yerevan, Armenia
2008 - "City" 6-th International Biennial. Gyumri, Armenia
2008 - "Undercurrent shifts" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2008 - "Feminism" Aslamazyan sister's hous-museum. Gyumri, Armenia
2008 - "Installation" Gallery 25 Berlin hotel. Gyumri, Armenia
2008 - Aslamazyan sister's hous-museum. Gyumri, Armenia
2008 - Afermative Art ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2008 - "Empty signs" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2008 - "7 April" Aslamazyan sister's hous-museum. Gyumri, Armenia
2008 - "POP-ART 08.00" Aslamazyan sister's hous-museum. Gyumri, Armenia
2007 - "Affirmative images" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2007 - "Armenian landscapes in Contemporary Art" Switzerland, Zurich
2007 - "Yerevan crisis" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2006 - "Don't be scared" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2006 - "Armenian international style" "Akanat" gallery. Yerevan, Armenia
2005 - Aslamazyan sister's house-museum. Gyumri, Armenia
2004 - Yoint second exhibition. Aleppo, Siria
2004 - "Dream in dialogue" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2003 - "STYLE gallery" Gyumri, Armenia
2003 - 15 Anniversary of Gyumri Earthguake. Aleppo, Siria
2003 - "A4" STYLE gallery. Gyumri, Armenia
2003 - "Graphic" Academy of Fine Arts, Gyumri branch. Gyumri, Armenia
2002 - "STYLE" gallery. Gyumri, Armenia
2002 - Afermative Art ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2002 - Saad-Abad art center. Teheran, Iran
2001 - The State gallery. Vanadzor, Armenia
2001 - "STYLE" gallery. Gyumri, Armenia
2001 - Boyajyan's exhibition hall. Yerevan, Armenia
2001 - The Tzitoghtsians house-museum. Gyumri, Armenia
2000 - The Second International Biennial. Gyumri, Armenia
2000 - "The Academy present". Abu-Dabi, United Arab Emirates
2000 - "ISUZ" gallery. Gyumri, Armenia
2000 - "Plener" Academy of Fine Arts, Gyumri branch. Gyumri, Armenia

Curations
2010 - "Progressive Biennial...", VII International Biennial. Gyumri, Armenia
2008 - "Feminism" Aslamazyan sister's hous-museum. Gyumri, Armenia
2008 - "Feminism", Gyumri - Yerevan " One" gallery. Yerevan, Armenia

Catalogues
2011 - "Women in Art" Contemporary Art Laboratory, MVD Uruguay
2011 - "Me among my friends-open personalities" The museum M. A. Vrubel. Omsk, Russia
2011 - "Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts 65" Artist Union of Armenia. Yerevan, Armenia
2010 - "Body, New figurative art in Armenia". Yerevan, Armenia
2007 - "Affirmative images" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia
2007 - "Armenian landscapes in Contemporary Art". Switzerland, Zurich
2007 - "Yerevan crisis" ACCEA. Yerevan, Armenia

An article is published in the press
- "Eghegan Pogh", 06.10.2011 Gyumri, Armenia
- www.armversion.com / 16.09.2010
- www.haygdaily.am / 05.04.2007
- www.zhamanak.com / 22.03.2007
- www.zhamanak.com / 14.08.2010
- www.armversion.com / 16.09.2010
Contacts
Address: Sargsyan str. first line, 2/4. Gyumri, Armenia
E-mail: karenalekyan@gmail.com, garenalekyan@yahoo.com
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