SOURCE: Galerie Anais

Galerie Anais

April 12, 2010 16:55 ET

Jean Kazandjian Opening Reception This Weekend at Galerie Anais in Los Angeles

Exploring the Depths of Perception: the Revealed and the Unseen at Bergamot Station

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) -  Galerie Anais presents a new solo exhibition by the renowned artist Jean Kazandjian that opens this weekend in Los Angeles at Bergamot Station. Entitled Exploring the Depths of Perception: the Revealed and the Unseen, the works in this two-part exhibition emphasize the multiple layers of Kazandjian's expression, ranging from the three-dimensional screen paintings to playful interpretations of American popular culture.

Jean Kazandjian moved to Paris in 1963 during the height of the artistic revolution of the 20th century. As a consequence of the Diaspora brought on by the Armenian genocide in Turkey, Kazandjian's family of Armenian descent had lived in Beirut.

Discovering his creative voice in Paris, Kazandjian's paintings evolved in an ongoing engagement to transcend the boundaries of perception. As Kazandjian illuminates, "To me, painting came from the recognition that nothing is eternal." Since moving to Southern California in 2000, the interplay between surrealism and popular culture has become an ongoing part of his work. 

In Venus dancing with M., the largest painting at Galerie Anais, Kazandjian mixes the classical sensuality of the European reclining nude with silhouettes of Mickey Mouse. With a playful expression, a modern Olympia beholds the popular kitsch of the new world. As Kazandjian explains, "My work constantly rouses and goads the demons of illusion and absurdity."

In his screen paintings, Kazandjian creates an intriguing depth through the interaction of shadows and silhouettes. Since the early 1990s, the artist has been placing an almost imperceptible screen about an inch and a half away from the painted canvas. Kazandjian describes the process: "Things don't have to appear immediately. I want to show a part of it so someone can discover the rest."

Kazandjian's collectors span the globe and his work has been shown widely in Europe, the United States and Japan, both in public institutions such as The Brooklyn Museum, New-York, Musée de l'Athénée, Geneva, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and private galleries such as Galerie Jeanne, Munich, Galerie d'Orsay, Boston and Galerie Furstenberg, Paris. The artist currently lives and works in Venice, California.

A 320-page, fully illustrated, hard cover book containing his body of work from the last ten years, accompanies the exhibition, which runs from April 17, 2010 to May 18, 2010 at Galerie Anais.

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