Gegam Kacherian

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Gegam Kacherian
Curated by: Rosamund Felsen

1923 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
October 15th, 2011 - November 12th, 2011
Opening: October 15th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-4
landscape, surrealism


Rosamund Felsen Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Gegam Kacherian.  This will be the third solo show at our gallery for the Armenian-born, Los Angeles-based painter.


Just as music is comprised of a theme and its variation, Kacherian’s paintings likewise represent the conjoining of multiple parts that together define a whole.  Gegam Kacherian’s work continuously uses the crossing of abstraction and representation as metaphor for the spiritual and the physical.  His paintings are made up of various fantastical landscapes, often with a city or institutional space envisioned as a kind of distant oasis, set in the background.  The paintings are filled-out with often dreamlike imagery: hyenas, sprites, alighting birds, and are finally intermingled with an array of extremely intricate and gestural abstract shapes, strokes, patterns and marks.  The resulting works are ornate and richly populated worlds of strange myth and intuitive metaphor.  While these works maintain the customary beautiful, saturated coloration of previous Kacherian paintings, this new series features an emphasis on human figuration and bodily dimension.  Here youth and youthful desire are foregrounded, making the beautiful young men and women that populate Kacherian’s hallucinatory world also the mediators of our entry into it.  In this semi-surrealist world, there is potential for numerous narratives, but underlying them all is the seduction of the unseen, and the delirium of desire.