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MIKA VATINYAN

Born in 1972 in Yerevan where he lives and works.

 

Secret Equals

 

Secret Equals is a suite of 13 large-scale oil paintings, oscillating between conceptualism, minimalism and abstract expressionism, which meditates on the relationship between the viewer and the art object. It focuses on the investigation of the artwork's incumbent promise to reveal a 'secret knowledge' about the world and itself. The work is an investigation on the meaning of painting in the contemporary world and a meditation on the unspoken contract between the artist and the viewer. Based on his research on the various histories of medieval, modernist and abstract painting, the artist draws upon a variety of references in order to deconstruct this unspoken contract for an 'intellectual insight'.

 

2016: Mika Vatinyan: Description, by  Lusadaran Armenian Photography Foundation, Dalan Art Gallery, Yerevan; 2012: 8th Gyumri Contemporary Art Biennale; Changing the Place of Encounter: Fragments of Armenian Contemporary Visual Art, InteriorDAsein, Berlin. From 2008 to 2016: Poster designer for the theatrical group ‘Agora Theatre’ Yerevan, Armenia.

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Secret Equals, 2016-17,
preparatory sketch, ink, graphite on paper