Angles Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of video installation by Peter Sarkisian. The exhibition will be on view at Angles Gallery from February 19th through March 26th. An opening reception will be held for the artist on Saturday, February 19th from 6 - 8 pm.
Arguably Sarkisian's most renowned work to date, Dusted (1998), bridges the boundaries between sculpture, installation, and film. A 3-dimensional cube nearly a meter squared stands alone in the darkened gallery. Smudge marks appear on the blackened surface of the cube, indicating the presence of two people, a man and woman, naked and slowly moving around inside. As their bodies rub against the soot covered interior walls of the cube, the dark powder transfers to their skin, so that while the cube itself is slowly wiped clean, the moving bodies inside become veiled and harder to see.
The implied activity inside the cube invites comparison to the story of genesis, birth, and to questions of physical and existential freedom. Simultaneously, the gestural material-play dominating the projected planes of the cube opens a discourse on the role of surface in Sarkisian's art form. The projected video relates to the illusion of pictorial space in a painting: just as with a painting, the viewer perceives depth with the knowledge that the depth is merely an illusion. As the figures wipe the carbon-like soot from the surface of the cube, abstract color fields of black, yellow and orange slowly transform through an expressionistic manipulation of pigment. Yet rather than moving from abstraction to clarity, the figures obscure themselves, and the walls of the cube continue to ebb between worlds of materiality, implied space, and figure-ground relationships.
Peter Sarkisian has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the National Taiwan Museum of Art, the St. Petersburg Museum of Art, the Picasso Museum, Antibes, France, and the Machinenhalle at Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany. Select group shows include Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 8th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Film and Video, the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Sarkisian lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.