Opening August 6, 4- 7 pm
Gouache and Acrylic paintings
Hagop Najarian – Staying in Tune
My recent body of work explores color and sound. Using the formal language of Color, Shape, Line, Rhythm, Weight, Mass, Flatness and Space, I want to convey the emotional impact received from the music I am listening to when painting by connecting musical compositions and sounds with this visual language.
By assigning each instrument used in the music a color, I mirrored the musical harmonic and atonal structures into paintings with limited palettes and a range of mark making. The music I’m responding to in this process ranges from early 20th century composers like Bela Bartok, Stephan Wolpe to Improvisational Jazz artists like Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, and Dub and Roots Reggae music.
Drawing the composition, applying the paint and reacting to the marks made, is the investigative process that usually determines the final product. The freedom to rearrange and deconstruct what I originally start with is the most satisfying part of my painting process. Logic, intuition, structure, improvisation, chance and risk are elements I want to capture in the urgent moments of painting.
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