Untitled, 2006, Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm (19 1/2 x 23 1/2 in), Bob van Orsouw Collection, Zurich
Two feet in one shoe: Armen Eloyan
1 June 20 July, 2007
Preview 31 May, 6 8pm
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is pleased to present Two feet in one shoe: Armen Eloyan, the first solo exhibition of Eloyans paintings in a UK institution.
Armen Eloyans paintings adeptly play out an apocalyptic fantasy world of anxiety, brutality, sexuality and the grotesque with the contradictory light-heartedness of a cartoon. His theatrical scenes explore the fragility of life as well as the boundaries separating security from chaos, comedy from violence and pleasure from cruelty.
Crucially Eloyans strikingly gestural paintings use both humour and horror in a manner that engages him emotionally, mentally and physically. The brash, attractive, dark colours Eloyan employs collide and coexist whilst unsettling any sense of harmony in the work.
The instinctive approach Eloyan applies to his painting draws on his emotional bond to an array of collective and personal experiences. Significantly these are rooted in his early years in Yerevan, Armenia yet also claim reference to propaganda, art history, cinema, television and popular music. Clearly there is a narrative element in Eloyans work however this is disturbingly disrupted by a sense of desolation and anxiety.
Two feet in one shoe is an exhibition imbued with Eloyans verve, vigor and desire to celebrate the act of painting. His intuitive relationship to painting is infused with a need to delve beneath the layers of pure aesthetic and get to the crux with what is messy, foul and discordant.
Two feet in one shoe: Armen Eloyan is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with essays by Ziba de Weck Ardalan and Philippe Pirotte.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1966 Armen Eloyan now lives and works in Amsterdam and Zurich.
Earlier this year, Eloyan had a solo exhibition in the Project Room at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (FR). During 2006, he had a one person exhibition at Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich (CH) and took part in a group show at Kunsthalle Bern (CH). In 2005, Eloyan participated in various exhibitions at l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (I) and at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (NL).
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