Anna Pappas Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Nackt, a solo exhibition of works by Sam Grigorian, the master of collage.
The urge to constantly see something new and make something visible what one would otherwise only feel, is the thing that drives me to make art.
– Sam Grigorian
Sam Grigorian’s Armenian roots are clearly manifested in his art, especially through his special relationship to paper.
A master in his technique, working on both large and small scale projects, Grigorian uses parchment and recyclable materials to create his collage artworks. Fascinated by the life of these papers, Grigorian features the natural beauty of his materials by exposing their rips, marks and frayed textures; the very traces of their original use. Grigorian’s method is intimate and unique, building upon these tactile materials by overlapping layers, tearing, folding and staining to enhance the papers imperfections and reveal its innate artistry. In his minimalist décollages, Grigorian creates compositions that at once pose an air of chance, impulse and disarray yet emit a sense of order, refinement and balance.
Nackt, Grigorian’s fourth solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery, will present a series of large and small scale works on paper. Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1957, Grigorian moved to Berlin in 1992 where he now lives and works. He has participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions as well as art fairs across the globe. His long exhibition history includes the Year of Germany in Russia (A3 Gallery Moscow), the Holland Paper Biennial 2010 (Museum Rijswijk and Museum of Apeldoorn), Haus der Kunst – St. Josef (Solothurn, Switzerland), Armenian Modern Art (Musee Du Luxemburg, Paris), Armenian Abstract Artists (Modern Art Museum of Armenia, Yerevan), numerous exhibitions with Galerie Molow (Basel), Art Stage Singapore, Art Fair Köln and the Melbourne Art Fair. His works are in various public and private collections including the Museum of New Orleans, USA.
Grigorian has been exclusively represented in Australia by Anna Pappas Gallery since 2004 and has had numerous group, solo and art fair exhibitions here and in Asia.