A selection of my sculpture and painting will be on view at the new Sofie Contemporary Arts gallery in Calistoga, CA from September 9th through October 29th. Opening reception is Saturday, September 9th, 5-8pm. Sofie Gallery is located at 1407 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.
I'll be showing new stone sculpture and mixed media drawings in this great unique venue for independent artists. Come one, come all! More info is here: http://sf.startupartfair.com/armine-chahbazian
Fall is in the air ...
For those venturing to the wine destination of Paso Robles, California this spring, please visit Linne Calodo where my work is on view, beginning March 5th. A beautiful spot! Call 805-227-0797 for an appointment.
Such a paradox - feeling compelled to paint in a fluid manner, yet being physically surrounded by an atmosphere infused with dryness and stillness. Where does illusion begin and end?
The reveal of grain in every slice of wood differs. As a ground for paint, it prompts me to define and isolate shapes that in turn expand the notion of how objects occupy space, or how objects can become space. A new series of work evolves from the ground up.
A few of my paintings that deal with environmental issues are featured in Slippage Literary Magazine (http://www.slippagelitmag.co.nr), an online publication whose focus is to fuse contemporary art with science. Besides artwork, they publish poetry and prose. Enjoy!
First comes the atmosphere to establish this place, this watery place. Blues, greens and the orange of reflected sunlight, layering amongst each other. A sea and a sky with no clear separation. My eye is stopped by a filigree of white light emerging through the horizontal bands of color. Tracing this laciness, I find myself pulling these elements forward and linking them by creating a strong vertical; a masthead, a backbone. It’s perhaps a reference to a life form that may have once been here, dropping its seed for future visions.
Water is the keystone to life and contained within its many forms are the diverse narratives of what has come to pass, and what continues to evolve. I am struck by the simple perfection of light meeting space meeting mass meeting line … its combined layers forming essential elements of life. It's a gift to be surrounded by a multitude of quiet dramas in the natural world.