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A Look at Raffi Kalenderian

by Hong-An Truong
Raffi Kalenderian’s solo show at Black Dragon Society consists of portraits of young, disaffected twenty-somethings in an LA jungle of sorts. Painted with rather crude brush strokes, the people in his paintings are portrayed at an alienated distance – they sit or stand in wooden, stiff poses, paying attention but trying hard to come off like they are not. What makes Kalenderian’s work compelling are the dark and gothic undertones of his portrayal of youth and landscape, interiors and exteriors. In “Rachel” (2007), a thin, angular young woman with dark hair stands awkwa... [more]
Posted by Hong-An Truong on 3/9/08