CONVERSION, 2022

"Transformation" resembles an architectural construction of a facility with an unclear function.
The construction is divided into three parts - high, medium and low. The middle level resembles the production department of an industrial building. This part is like a system in which mechanical processes take place - a kind of material activity. The upper level is represented by upward-pointing forms, slightly elevated above the other elements. In this part on high stands something like a sacred stone. Here the connection is with the sacred, the sky, the air, even the cosmos. In the lower level, amorphous forms are located, resembling puddles or leaks of waste material. The symbolic connection in them is with the dead, the old, the spent, the superfluous and the unnecessary.

However, the work has an abstract character and the listed analogies are not clearly visible and easily distinguishable. The levels are also not categorically separated, but are woven into each other to create an indivisible organism.

In this achromatic miniature space, time flows at a special pace. Some parts of the constructions give a feeling of rest and stagnation, others seem to be engaged in activity - processes are taking place in them. These half-frozen-half-functioning structures inhabit a territory between the new and the old, the dead and the living, and between the eternal and the transient.

The simple and monumental forms in some parts of the composition stand heavily, massively and solidly, somewhat archaically immobile. In contrast to them, other thin parts of millimeter thickness, finely balanced, complexly organized, act as easily breakable and unstable fixed structures. But they still have a clearly achieved equilibrium and sustainability. The whole composition deals with the strength in the "fragile" and the weakness in the "stable" - their connection, dependence and indivisibility in the common.

The project is realized with the financial support of the National Culture Fund under the Creative Fellowships Programme.

Metal, wood, plastic, tracing paper, foam board, abrasive sponges, nylon, floppy disks, charcoal, asphalt, 13 x 82 x 67 cm

Photographs by
Kevork Vanlyan