“City Mix in Neons”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
Interview: Gayane Karapetyan
Luca Curci talks with artist Gayane Karapetyan during LIQUID ROOMS – THE BODY LANGUAGE exhibition in Venice on November 2015.
Gaya is an award-winning contemporary abstract artist who lives and creates in Toronto. During her emerging artistic career, Gaya has succeeded in many of her endeavours. Gaya is a Featured Artist with Manhattan Arts International. The artist is a recipient of Artmajeur Gold Award 2014, First Place Winner in CAGO Abstracts, Artprotagonist 2015 Award and Finalist of prestigious art competitions Donkey Art Prize (Italy), Venezia Open Art (Italy) and Lacey Contemporary Summer Art Prize (UK) in 2015.
“Green Glass of Ocean”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
Gaya‘s works have been published in Volume IX of International Contemporary Artists and featured in the October/November 2015 issue of Aesthetica Magazine. Gaya actively exhibits in Canada and abroad. Gaya’s work was and continues to be showcased in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, UK, Japan and the United States. Her art book “Stretching the Boundaries of Abstract” was published in 2015. Gaya’s video art projects appear in various art festivals and events.
“Innocence”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?
Gayane Karapetyan – The Liquid Rooms – The Body Language art show which took place in Venice at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi from 12 to 22 November 2015 has been a tremendous success. The event was in the centre of interest of the art community of Venice and during the opening reception on November 12, many art lovers attended the show with the involved artists, live performances and video premiers. I am extremely pleased that my video art project “Fragments of Life in a Lens of Abstraction” was selected and presented among other works during this experimental photography, painting, installation, cinema and performance art festival hosted in Venice. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this remarkable event but the feedback I received was undoubtedly positive. Overall organization of the event and ongoing communications with the artists have always been kept on high professional level which contributed to the success of the event and resulted in a rich selection of innovative artwork by various talented artists across the world.
“Enigmas”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House?
G. K. – The continuous collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House is one of the most important factors that helped make this event exceptional. The unique setting of Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, its central location and private garden, beautiful architecture and refined style, as well as the interior grandeur of its magnificent halls have an effect of outstanding cultural environment filled with art and creativity and unprecedented harmony with the works on display thoroughly chosen by It’s LIQUID for each thematic exhibition, including this one. I am confident that the joint projects by It’s LIQUID Group in the fascinating Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi will continue to surprise the Venice art lovers and visitors of the city with new ideas and great art realizations.
“Random Maple Dream”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
G. K. – Being a contemporary abstract artist who predominantly works and creates paintings, I followed the experimental nature of the festival and had come forward with my video art project “Fragments of Life in a Lens of Abstraction”. The project was presented for consideration to the show curators and selected for demonstration as part of the strong program of video art screenings and premiers projected at the event. “Fragments of Life in a Lens of Abstraction” is an experimental video which is based on original artwork created by me. The video compiles the individual works of art and links them into the chain of narration reflecting socio-philosophical perception of the lives as fragmented as wholesome they are. The video responds to the overarching theme of the festival: The Liquid Rooms which explores the intimate self of the artists, the identities, lost and found, and the relationship between man and space, including man-built and natural spaces. My paintings are a continuum of abstract variations on the theme of the beauty of nature, including our internal nature. They associatively correlate and thematically complement each other.
“Remember”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
From the pure abstraction perspective, the goal is to introduce colours as unconventional identifiers of the nature and our intimate self. This also includes the deviational patterns of the moving forms, moving bodies, their language. The Body Language, the underlying concept of the festival, is the expression of that intimate self and it also is our reaction, with all inherent emotions, sensations and characteristics, to the external world and our interaction with it. And that speaks to the independent stream of my so-called “utopia” abstract artwork which embraces the realities of life and surrounding world through the lens of our aspirations towards freedom and perceptions of socially absurdist human interrelations.
“Tradition“, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
L. C. – What are you currently working on?
G. K. – There many artistic projects that I am currently involved with. I have several ongoing and upcoming exhibitions and also try to schedule my artwork demonstrations for the year ahead. I expect to exhibit in Toronto on a couple of occasions in the coming months. In the international art arena, I am invited to exhibit in a number of upcoming important art shows and exhibitions in Europe. Another important milestone is the launch of my recent art book publication “Gaya Artwork Collection: Stretching the Boundaries of Abstract.” This notable publication presents for the first time a comprehensive collection of my artwork. Comprising thirty-three paintings of my paintings created in the last few years, interesting information about the artist as well as my conceptual thoughts about art and creative process, the collection reflects the full breadth of my multi-faceted work.
“The Fire Squad”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
But mostly importantly, about the plans, I look forward to creating new artwork, exploring new concepts and striving for creativity. The themes, which has been reflected in my recent works and I also anticipate them to leave a significant mark on my next artworks, have to do with different aspects of individual freedom and the interplay between its irrevocable and unattainable characteristics. Concurrently, I am finalizing my next video art project which is also based on my original artwork and is motivated by environmental concerns and philosophical perceptions of nature and our lives. The overarching cultural concerns and social message of the project focuses on demonstrating beauty and power of nature. It defines nature as a cradle of humanity and intransigent essence of our lives and human nature.
“Quarters of Love”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
L. C. – What is art for you?
G. K. – Art is the way of living, feeling and thinking to me. It is closely embedded into my life and cannot be disentangled. It is influenced by our lived experiences, as I mentioned, but the opposite is also true, it influences my perceptions of the world and surroundings as well. Creation, and more specifically creation through the abstract art, is the sublime freedom to express oneself. To be an artist means to me to gain that ultimate and sought-after freedom.
“Promises”, image courtesy of Gayane Karapetyan
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?
G. K. – International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID Group are well established and reputable organizations which provide the artists with great opportunities for exposure to the world of art lovers in various countries and on different continents. The festival in Venice is not my first experience of working with It’s LIQUID Group and on each occasion I have felt tremendous support of the organization led by Arch. Luca Curci. It is very important for the artists to collaborate with a knowledgeable organization which always has artists’ interest in forefront and encourages open discussions on curatorial concepts and new art ideas.