Armen Eloyan

Galerie Bob van Orsouw

A large-format narrative conveyed through extreme gestures: the next chapter in the story of figurative painting. Armen Eloyan turns up the volume and directs his own spotlights. TV Room (all works 2006): In the middle of a painterly maelstrom stuffed with props in a very wide landscape format, as if in the midst of a wide-screen movie, two gnomes sit in front of the TV set, staring silently into space, smoking joints, motionless, side by side on a garishly colored sofa, like the gang from South Park. No surprise, then, that this exhibition is titled “Comic-Related Paintings.” One wearing a top hat, the other a protective peaked cap, both with long, skinny noses, matchstick legs, and oversize shoes, the two clownlike dwarfs sink into some wild painting, composed of rapid brushstrokes dragged over the canvas. The tempo and the pathos of the impasto texture only initially divert the viewer

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