Objects of Memory at Bentley Gallery in Phoenix, AZ May 26-June 30, 2018
Opening Reception for Denise Yaghmourian: Objects of Memory. 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The artist will be present for the opening. A performance by Nicole Olson will take place at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
Using large-scale installation and painting, Denise Yaghmourian works between the obscured lines of object and memory. She takes objects that hold sentimental value, dips them in paint, and suspends the dipped object above a blank canvas. As the object hangs, moves, and drips, it creates a unique and intimate footprint; a mark of its presence in Yaghmourian’s life. This object’s physical trace is not unlike a memory.
In her large-scale sculptural installations, as objects are suspended in open air and treated with identical paint, they become a single mass representing the mind. Passing by the suspended mass allows for only brief glimpses of specific items, just as the human mind passes by its memories. Yaghmourian hopes that such visual interpretations of memory – and memory management – can lead viewers to joy and solace in their recollections.
Denise Yaghmourian: Labels have been used as a means of discrimination for thousands of years. They often serve to further dangerous distinctions society imposes upon people. Labels can separate people and push them apart.
My piece is a commentary on how humans have the need to labeling one another. I have witnessed adults and children label each other with specific words. Sometimes labels are intended to encourage, yet may cause a child to feel pressure to fulfill expectations.
Other times labels are simply based on a person’s own ideas and perceptions. Either way, it seems that labeling puts a person into a category or a box. Often they (especially children) feel the need to live up, or down to expectations. Studies have shown that children who are labelled “slow” or “brilliant” will often follow those stereotypes, even if the labels have been randomly assigned.