• Zarouhie Abdalian, As a demonstration, 2013, acrylic vacuum chamber, electric bell, steel, 58 x 24 x 27".

    Zarouhie Abdalian

    Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

    Zarouhie Abdalian’s first solo museum exhibition, organized by Apsara DiQuinzio as part of the Matrix program at BAM/PFA, presented a triad of sculptures that treated sound as both medium and metaphor. Upon entering the gallery, one heard a metronomic tapping or clicking, though its source—six tiny mechanical hammers—remained hidden inside an oblong black vitrine, which evoked the lacquered surface of a grand piano. Titled Each envelope as before (all works 2013), the piece literally reflected its architectural surroundings while expressing its own interior volume as something audible

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