PETER SARKISIAN

Special Public Installation | presented by Art on Paper - Pier 36, New York, NY

March 2 – 5, 2017

PETER SARKISIAN
Floating Pencil (Matter Over Mind), 2011
powder-coated steel and aluminum, pencil, video projection
20 x 13 x 10 inches
Edition of 4, 1 AP

This work represents an ongoing effort by Sarkisian to realize new and sometimes startling results from the otherwise commonplace medium of video. Just as his Extruded Video Engine reconfigured the flat two-dimensional surface of a video screen into a fully spatial and volumetric vessel for his imagery, so does the Floating Pencil use video to create the perceptual illusion of material levitation. The work is meant to confuse the viewerʼs sense  of  perception through the subtle use of image, light and movement.

 

PETER SARKISIAN
Floating Pencil (Matter Over Mind), 2011
powder-coated steel and aluminum, pencil, video projection
20 x 13 x 10 inches
Edition of 4, 1 AP

PETER SARKISIAN
Ink Blot, 2011
powder-coated steel and aluminum, found ink bottle, tinted polymer resin, notepad, video projection, audio
16 x 11 x 22 inches
Edition of 4, 3 APs

In this work, the demise of ink and the death of pen and paper are explored through the encumbered journey of a small ink covered figure struggling to reach a note pad. As an anthropomorphic representation of ink itself, the  figure emerges from a small pool of black liquid and crawls with great effort toward an open pad of paper resting nearby. He leaves in his wake an inky black trail before coming to rest on the notepad, where, obsolete and no longer relevant, he fades slowly and forever away.

 

PETER SARKISIAN
Ink Blot, 2011
powder-coated steel and aluminum, found ink bottle, tinted polymer resin, notepad, video projection, audio
16 x 11 x 22 inches
Edition of 4, 3 APs

PETER SARKISIAN
Book (Version 2) #6, 2015
found book, powder-coated steel and aluminum, video projection
13 x 10 x 20 inches

In "Book", a small man is seen crawling about while rewriting a dictionary, symbolizing the ongoing and sometimes sloppy evolution of language in the modern age. The figure whistles “Ninety nine bottles of beer on the wall”, while scribbling misspelled words, SMS chat abbreviations and poorly written notes across the pages of the book.

 

PETER SARKISIAN
Book (Version 2)
found book, powder-coated steel and aluminum, video projection
13 x 10 x 20 inches