values are the main distinction making man different
from animals," says avant garde artist David
Kareyan. "My main works, as well, are trying
to fill the cultural gaps resulting from the conflicts
between the body and mind, artificial and natural,
individual and society."
Kareyan's works are on exhibit in the Armenian
Center for Contemporary Art until April 12.
David Kareyan portrays a person's inner world,
his thoughts and eternal struggle between nature
and artificial life.
"The World Without Us" video-installation
represents tops of the Swiss Alps covered with
snow and nature's virgin forests. Beside the images
the artist constructed a nature made of artificial
flowers with a TV set placed in the middle of
them and picturing a man wallowing in mud.
The work is meant to have several meanings. The
Alps are the everlasting peak representing boundless
freedom and never-ending dreams of the soul. These
rocks soaring/floating in the clouds drove idealists
to take extremes. But there is reality along with
the dreams which pushes people from the abstract
height to the mud. At last the human being returns
to the earth, struggles with nature and tries
to return to the lost nature. But he is not succeeding
because humans have surrounded themselves with
"They Drink Oil" video-installation
expresses the return of nature and regaining of
the moral and spiritual values.
There are images of dancing men projected to
the whole surface of three walls, one of whom
is close to nature, the body of the other man
is burdened with mechanisms and moving tools and
the third one is preoccupied with political events.
This work again represents the man/nature separation
and society's consumption of nature.
David Kareyan's art brings to light problems
that limit individual and collective freedom.
Reality is represented through the denunciations
and inner emotions in his works
The 30 year-old artist has shown his art in more
than 30 collective and individual exhibitions,
including the Viennese Biennale in 2001.
Continuing to explore human being's nature "Marcel's
reality" video installation has images of
the two different worlds. A family is shown on
the monitor consisting of a man, woman and a child.
They are sitting on the floor naked and playing
with each other. The author shows nakedness not
in the forest, but in the modern interior. There
is no discrimination, but only peace and mutual
understanding. This is opposed by the environment
where objects lost their places, meaning and color.
The interior created by the artist is absolutely
gray: the sofa, the cupboard, the plates and the
table are lost in the environment. Those dusty
and dirty objects in the metaphorical way are
the people that lost themselves in their environment.
"Our society found itself in suchlike situation
after collapse of the Soviet Union, when we were
given freedom which turned to evil for us,"
Kareyan says. "Post cold war people were
looking for borders. This is the reason for egoism,
nationalism which I try to express in my art."
Kareyan chooses modern ways of expressing himself
and creating his art, which give the artist larger
possibilities to express through images things
a poet might express with words.
"I am confident there is no return to the
primeval virginity and harmony," he says.
"Integrity is in the diversity, tolerance
and free choice of the person."