Vartan Markarian

Smoke

The phenomenon of the city began to be actively interested in art only from the late 19th – early 20th centuries, when their active development and undeniable influence on people could no longer be ignored. In turn, the focus is not on the city as the totality and concentration of different objects, buildings and topos, but on the city as a symbolic space that each person has to interact with.
A city is a complex system of functions, relationships, values, structures that are pushed by anyone who gets into its orbit. I do not undertake their tracking and detection – all these phenomena are reduced and taken out of bounds – while the main creative intention is to search for the boundary states of this dialogue (its extremes), when confronting the interlocutors break into cry and hysteria or infantile silence, each other in a hug or indifferently disagree. The artistic expression of these states were images on the one hand – the station, roads and tracks, and on the other – the plant, pipes and smoke.

Finding themselves and realizing themselves as part of the urban whole, everyone understands that this is the urban only – not an empty space, in which are located some things, but a living topos with its mythology, with its face and language. The works remind us that dialogue with such a complex and large-scale organism is not an equal conversation. The city leaves prints on visitors, recycles its residents, assimilates. It is able to absorb a person, leaving only the shadow, the outline and the smoke.

What then? – Station and run away? But where is it?

The performative response of the artist is in his own work. Only through aesthetic discourse can one penetrate into the essence of a city that has also been discovered and articulated in a work of art. You can save yourself and speak with the city on an equal footing, but only in the language of art.

“Search of himself ” by Vartan Markarian – 100x70cm 2017 “Search of himself ” by Vartan Markarian – 100x70cm 2017 “Search of himself ” by Vartan Markarian – 100x70cm 2017
“Road home” by Vartan Markarian – 100x100cm 2017 “Road home” by Vartan Markarian – 100x100cm 2017 “Road home” by Vartan Markarian – 100x100cm 2017
“Cream sky” by Vartan Markarian – 100x90cm 2017 “Cream sky” by Vartan Markarian – 100x90cm 2017 “Cream sky” by Vartan Markarian – 100x90cm 2017
“Lover of wind ” by Vartan Markarian – 90x90cm 2017 “Lover of wind ” by Vartan Markarian – 90x90cm 2017 “Lover of wind ” by Vartan Markarian – 90x90cm 2017
“White abyss.” by Vartan Markarian – 130x110cm 2016 “White abyss.” by Vartan Markarian – 130x110cm 2016 “White abyss.” by Vartan Markarian – 130x110cm 2016
“Wanderings” by Vartan Markarian – 110x80cm 2016 “Wanderings” by Vartan Markarian – 110x80cm 2016 “Wanderings” by Vartan Markarian – 110x80cm 2016
“Wanderer” by Vartan Markarian – 240x120cm 2016 “Wanderer” by Vartan Markarian – 240x120cm 2016 “Wanderer” by Vartan Markarian – 240x120cm 2016
“Walk” by Vartan Markarian – 140x120cm 2016 “Walk” by Vartan Markarian – 140x120cm 2016 “Walk” by Vartan Markarian – 140x120cm 2016
“Tightened. Mirage” by Vartan Markarian – 130x140cm 2016 “Tightened. Mirage” by Vartan Markarian – 130x140cm 2016 “Tightened. Mirage” by Vartan Markarian – 130x140cm 2016
“Three poplars” by Vartan Markarian – 20x80cm 2016 “Three poplars” by Vartan Markarian – 20x80cm 2016 “Three poplars” by Vartan Markarian – 20x80cm 2016
“The idea.” by Vartan Markarian – 85x150cm 2016 “The idea.” by Vartan Markarian – 85x150cm 2016 “The idea.” by Vartan Markarian – 85x150cm 2016
“The flame” by Vartan Markarian – 140x120cm 2017 “The flame” by Vartan Markarian – 140x120cm 2017 “The flame” by Vartan Markarian – 140x120cm 2017
“The city is asleep” by Vartan Markarian – 200x85cm 2017 “The city is asleep” by Vartan Markarian – 200x85cm 2017 “The city is asleep” by Vartan Markarian – 200x85cm 2017
“Skyline” by Vartan Markarian – 280x56cm 2017 “Skyline” by Vartan Markarian – 280x56cm 2017 “Skyline” by Vartan Markarian – 280x56cm 2017
“Rose distance” by Vartan Markarian – 80x100cm 2016 “Rose distance” by Vartan Markarian – 80x100cm 2016 “Rose distance” by Vartan Markarian – 80x100cm 2016
“Night song” by Vartan Markarian – 180x260cm 2016 “Night song” by Vartan Markarian – 180x260cm 2016 “Night song” by Vartan Markarian – 180x260cm 2016
“Mirage” by Vartan Markarian – 140x100cm 2017 “Mirage” by Vartan Markarian – 140x100cm 2017 “Mirage” by Vartan Markarian – 140x100cm 2017
“In the morning road” by Vartan Markarian – 200x120cm 2016 “In the morning road” by Vartan Markarian – 200x120cm 2016 “In the morning road” by Vartan Markarian – 200x120cm 2016
“Finding the best” by Vartan Markarian – 120x80cm 2016 “Finding the best” by Vartan Markarian – 120x80cm 2016 “Finding the best” by Vartan Markarian – 120x80cm 2016
“City” by Vartan Markarian – 140x110cm 2015 “City” by Vartan Markarian – 140x110cm 2015 “City” by Vartan Markarian – 140x110cm 2015
“Breath” by Vartan Markarian – 120x130cm 2015 “Breath” by Vartan Markarian – 120x130cm 2015 “Breath” by Vartan Markarian – 120x130cm 2015
“Awareness” by Vartan Markarian – 100x100cm 2016 “Awareness” by Vartan Markarian – 100x100cm 2016 “Awareness” by Vartan Markarian – 100x100cm 2016
“Anthill III” by Vartan Markarian – 20x80cm 2016 “Anthill III” by Vartan Markarian – 20x80cm 2016 “Anthill III” by Vartan Markarian – 20x80cm 2016
“Station” by Vartan Markarian – 130x110cm 2016 “Station” by Vartan Markarian – 130x110cm 2016 “Station” by Vartan Markarian – 130x110cm 2016
“The sky is crying” by Vartan Markarian – 120x110cm 2016 “The sky is crying” by Vartan Markarian – 120x110cm 2016 “The sky is crying” by Vartan Markarian – 120x110cm 2016
“Air dance” by Vartan Markarian – 150x100cm 2016 “Air dance” by Vartan Markarian – 150x100cm 2016 “Air dance” by Vartan Markarian – 150x100cm 2016