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

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 rather than visual. This situation was inverted in a work across the room titled As a demonstration, which featured an alarm bell that was visibly ringing but eerily silent, encased in a transparent vacuumed cube. Finally, Ad Libitum (If I Had a Hammer) reinforced these abstract investigations

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