December 1, 2012 — January 5, 2013
3 Degrees of Separation
The small scale drawings and paintings in Three Degrees of Separation are allegorical visual representations of the artist’s examinations and reflections of worldwide political conflicts. The works explore the effects of such man made tragedies as the Sudanese child armies, the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan and the war in Afghanistan. The small works use symbolic images of animals and food, along with ornamentation and pattern associated with the various cultures he portrays, to widen experiential awareness for the viewer.
Robert Barsamian was born in a close-knit Armenian community in Whitinsville, Massachusetts in 1947, the son and grandson of survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. A studio art major at Massachusetts College of Art, Barsamian went on to receive his M.A. in 1971 from the State University of New York at Albany. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in a variety of museums throughout the country and abroad including: The Bronx Museum, NY, The Tyler Museum of Art, TX, The Dallas Museum of Art, TX, The Asilah Museum, Morocco, Swarthmore College, PA, Colgate College, NY, The University of Minnesota, MN, Holocaust Museum of Florida, FL, Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills, MI, Project Row House, TX, Baruch College, NY, The Arlington Museum in Arlington, TX, Western New Mexico University, NM, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, MA, Russell Sage College, NY, and The Oklahoma Art Center, OK.