Andranik Aroutiounian

Making a Way

Making A Way | Adaptation
Artists: Andranik Aroutiounian, Pat Brentano, Rachel Burgess, Jennifer Celio, Joe Karlovec, Ken Reker, Shawn Rowe, Amy Schissel

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This series is titled The God’s Watching Us. I was inspired by the epic of history, including history of art from Antiquity to Baroque to Pop Art. I combine traditional material to build my sculptures in addition with found contemporary objects. Gold is an important reference, in that it has historic connections from Middle Age icons to Warhol’s gold Marilyn. Other references to Pop Art include Coca Cola bottles, Mickey Mouse, vinyl records, and ping pong balls. The abstract forms also suggest surrealism and mythology, including contemporary mythologies and personal narrative. This collection of objects creates fictional artifacts, perhaps ones that might be found in some futuristic museum.

Andranik Aroutiounian is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York City. Aroutiounian earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Art from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Genève. He has received many awards and recognitions, including a Willem de Kooning Academy Fellowship for Painting. His work is featured worldwide in solo and group exhibitions, as well as numerous curatorial and collaborative projects. Recent exhibitions include: Color 2020, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea; Message in a Bottle, Edward Hopper House Museum, Nyack, NY; Tête-à-Tête, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT; Sing for Hope public art commission, New York, NY; 99/1, Chicago Industrial Art & Design Center, Chicago, IL; B#Sides Perspectives on War, Palazzo Manzioli, Izola, Slovenia and Altrove Gallery, Trieste, Italy; The Perfect Image, Local Projects, LIC, NY; Passion Continued: The Wave of Peace from Korea to the World, part of Asia Week New York, Korean Cultural Center, New York, NY; and Mascaras (Masks), Montra da DaVisci Art Gallery, Porto, Portugal.