Means and Objectives, Arman Grigoryan
The Means and Objectives project is a total installation which features one of the most important principles of my creative activity- intervention into public and governmental art structures. I realized similar interventions in the building of Painter’s Union in 1990 and later in other locations, for example, in Quimper, France, 2007. While thinking on Modern Art Museum in Kapan, I was reminded of this experiences and decided to create a new work by reorganizing the Museum’s space that will be an important milestone for my personal art, as well as in the local context of Armenian contemporary art scene it will improve the important characteristic which I call a communication in the art field. Deconstruction of the Museum space formed in Soviet context and still crusted, creates a possibility to open new exhibition spaces. To make a transition from artist’s traditionally passive state into an active public position. The Means and Objectives project is a possibility to feature the real, in a way historical place in new artistic forms, as well as to use the past and the future as much as possible, in a direct sense, as a material. In this sense, The Means and Objectives project becomes significant from the aspect of my professional development.
Arman Grigoryan (b. 1960) is one of the leading artists of the Conceptualism and Pop artistic movements of the 1980s in Armenia. His works often challenge traditions of academic art by including scenes, symbols from mass culture and simultaneously express criticism and nostalgia. After graduating from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in 1985, Grigoryan co-founded the first liberal artistic movement “3rd Floor” (1987-1994) which gave a start to further development of Armenia’s contemporary art and adoption of new artistic practices. Among many exhibitions in Armenia and abroad Grigoryan presented and participated in Armenian Pavilion in Venice Biennale 47th and 55th both as an artist and curator. Arman Grigoryan is a member of AICA-Armenia, speaker in Yerevan “Mkhitar Sebastatsi” Educational Complex. Lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia.