Taking material from my everyday encounters, I make works that begin and end with the body, seasoned with existential narratives and fuzzy invocations of idolatry, the apparatus and more. Interiors of space surrounded by exterior shells or skins that harness a bodily inference. This is the recurring theme in my practice.
These productions strive to connect and project experience through the lineage of the material I use. My humble paid labour within an art school supplies me with a daily sampling of leftover offcuts and discarded 'waste' materials, which serve as a kind of data set. I treasure and repurpose stuff, regarding it with the imagined and physical traces of locality, exertions and interactions. This material emphasis, is for me at the very centre of my practice, coalescing and layering to capture stretches of my experiences and labours. In the end I create casements, fluctuating between the poetic and pragmatic; between relic and reliquary.
He is an Anglo Armenian artist born in Iran, and based in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire in the UK. I graduated from Coventry University, studying BA Fine Art in 1995 and then an MA in Creative Curating at Goldsmiths College, London in 1998. His current sculptural process has been developing since 2011 but can be traced in its expanded conceptual concerns for far longer. He first showed works from this project in Sept 2017 in a solo exhibition 'The idles that habit forms' at The Project Space, University of Leeds, Fine Art Building. He have since presented solo exhibitions at StudionAme, Leicester in 2019, at Blank_ Leeds in 2020 and at the Florence trust, London in 2020. In 2021, he was selected by the Tetley Contemporary Art Gallery, Leeds for their Associate Artist program; where he will exhibit new work sometime in early 2022.
The copyright to all contents of this site is held either by La Piccioletta Barca or by the individual authors, and none of the material may be used elsewhere without written permission. For reprint enquiries, contact us.