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ARTWORK AVAILABILITY & TERMS







EQUIPMENT

Equipment for all works IS included.

Optional pedestal stand is available for fabrication at additional cost. Please inquire at byroncohengallery@gmail.com for specifics.


ARTWORK INSTALLATION

Should you wish, Byron Cohen Gallery can recommend art installation experts.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

Peter Sarkisian is an American artist and filmmaker whose work combines elements of video and sculpture to create a hybrid form of multi-media installation. He has exhibited widely throughout the world in major museums and public venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée Picasso in Antibes, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Sarkisian's work has been featured in many international exhibitions and festivals, including the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the Vidarte Festival in Mexico City, the Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. In 2007 the National Endowment for the Arts named Sarkisian “a master video artist”, and in 2008 the University of Wyoming Art Museum organized an extensive mid-career retrospective of Sarkisian’s work. The ongoing exhibition has since traveled to numerous museums throughout the world, including the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.


Sarkisian studied photography and film at the California Institute of the Arts and the American Film Institute in the late 1980’s, and then began working with video as a sculptural element in the mid 90’s. The underlying premise of his work remains committed to using video as an instrument against commercialized media, namely television, in order to transform the act of watching video from an experience-killing act to an experience-creating act. He accomplishes this by joining sculptural elements with projected video imagery to create audio/visual illusions that trap the viewer between conflicting interpretations, thereby forcing a state of self-awareness that is otherwise absent while watching television.


All of Sarkisian’s work is grounded in the idea that video, in it’s ubiquitous and most popular form, is an experientially void medium, and that by depriving ourselves of experience in favor of information-based images, we have become unable to grasp the meaning of consequence or to coexist with mutual understanding. His installations therefore attempt to steer the world’s most influential medium back on a collision course with the viewer in order to reintroduce an element of experience to the viewing process.


If the filmmaker’s traditional goal is to distract viewers through the suspension of self-awareness, then Sarkisian’s goal is to create a sense of heightened self-awareness by engaging the viewer in constructed environments that blur the line between what is real and what is mediated.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Fisher Landau Center

St. Petersburg Museum

Ulrich Museum of Art

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art

Delta Dairy

Mitchell, Silberg and Knupp

The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe

The West Collection

Commerce Bank

Please contact the gallery via email at byroncohengallery@gmail.com or 816-421-5665 for pricing and availability.

**Please note that prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars and are not inclusive of shipping costs.

SELECTED PRESS