September 12 — October 10, 2015
The small scale paintings in Robert Barsamian’s New Works exhibition are allegorical visual representations of the artist’s examinations and reflections of worldwide political conflicts.
Within a densely layered but flattened compositional field, symbolic images of animals and food, along with ornamentation and pattern transmit informative visual fragments to the viewer that suggest ageless conflicts of predator and prey; aggressor and victim. Painted or drawn across each foremost layer are representations of iconic plastic Army Men, armed and ready to intervene, yet immobile and unable.
Robert Barsamian was born in a close-knit Armenian community in Whitinsville, Massachusettsin 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. In the spring of 2015, Barsamian installed Ashfall, a large installation at Southern Connecticut University in New Haven in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. 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.