Los Angeles

Aram Saroyan, Untitled (7), 2019, permanent marker on paper, 18 × 24".

Aram Saroyan, Untitled (7), 2019, permanent marker on paper, 18 × 24".

Aram Saroyan


Seventeen drawings hung level, a rectangle of fluorescent lights suspended from the ceiling, two doorways, in and out. In such a sparse show, one couldn’t help but tally the components. Along the walls of the gallery, the framed works on paper were installed snugly, flirting with the room’s corners, stressing the space’s rectangularity. The drawings, however, were colorful portals abiding by their own physics. Squiggly pathways drawn with markers in combinations of bright colors boldly traversed the pages. While childlike in their medium, the works suggested profound meditations, as if they had been channeled more than made. One striking common feature was that the lines, even as they ended, met but barely overlapped. As a rule, it seemed, a new line indicated the dead end of another; any intersections forced an unnatural pause in one of the strokes, which would be picked up again on the

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