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Over the Borderline
Solo Show featuring Arshak Martirosyan
Curators Lynn del Sol & Zena el Khalil

Run dates: May 30th- July 30th, 2005
Opening Reception: Monday, May 30th; 6-10pm
Location: xanadu*
Directions: 217 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Xanadu* is delighted to present Arshak Martirosyan in his first solo show, ‘Over the Borderline’.

When asked to describe his work, Armenian artist Arshak Martirosyan says he sees it as “ intuitive transmissions that are "links" of fragmented thoughts involving life's overwhelming hold on the mind, everything, and all experience stuffed in a mind and reworked by intuition like sponge squeezing out the ideal positive offerings in visual form.”

Raised in New York City, Arshak Martirosyan became a master illustrator at an early age, able to control both paint and pencil medium with unusual prowess. Finding the city an overflowing decoupage of inspiration, the artist absorbed the vibrations of the city streets, a cornucopia of information and guidance.

He found a particular dexterity to oil media. The demand for time and care, the need to review and revisit; these are elements only able to reach their zenith in the hands of a patient artisan. His work has been described as “intense”, “optical”, and “pulsating”. His compositions are loose, gestural, and culling, as if singing a wondrous harmony. The artist often says that he wants to paint the ending of ‘Bold as Love’, a song by Jimmy Hendrix which ends with an instrumental outer space symphony which the artist says “sounds like the wind playing bright orange harmonies in your ear.”

‘Me Dream Me’ is the artist’s most recent work in a series stands in a new direction. In acrylic and on paper, this media allows the artist to work faster and stay connected to the flow of spontaneous creation. The collection focuses on the process of composing with color and line allowing him to reveal images slowly over layers of paint. “There is never conceptual planning when I paint the image. On the canvas I mix not only paint but who I am and how I am. I follow the unseen but ‘sensed’ rhythm and flow of intuitive guidance. In the end, I guess, what's left is an ideal.”

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about the artist: 2/19/75- born in Erevan, Armenia. Escaped here in 81' and moon walked off the boat. He's been drawing since was a youth and has not stopped! (being a youth as well) Graduated from La Guardia High School of Arts (FAME !) and hung out with Leroy who eventually persuaded him to go to The School of Visual Arts where he received my BFA in fine arts. The artist currently works in his apartment and is too legit to quit.

about the curator:
Born and raised in New York, Lynn del Sol currently lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In late 2003 she left the commercial art world and set to create a vehicle for expletory artists to exhibit their works to the public by founding {CTS} creative thriftshop, a young art company that represents international emerging and under-represented artists.

about the curator: Zena el Khalil, born 1976 in London, has lived in Nigeria, London, New York, and Beirut. Zena is an installation artist, a painter, and writer and holds a MFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. el Khalil has been involved in a love/hate relationship with Beirut for the past decade- clearly evident in her work. el-Khalil is also the co-founder and director of xanadu*.

about the gallery: xanadu* an art space/collective based in Beirut with a small extension in New York city, dedicated to promoting young and/or under-represented artists. xanadu* was born on the number 2 train in New York City in 2001. Zena el Khalil and Imad Khachan felt that within New York City there was an under representation of budding international artists, especially from Arab and Eastern countries.

  Arshak Martirosyan, Untitled-2, 2004, oil paint on board, 18x24in (7x9cm)
Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop
Arshak Martirosyan, Untitled-3, 2004, oil paint on board, 18x24in (7x9cm)
Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop
Arshak Martirosyan, Untitled-5, 2004, oil paint on board, 18x24in (7x9cm)
Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop
Arshak Martirosyan, Untitled-4, 2004, oil paint on board, 18x24in (7x9cm)
Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop
  Arshak Martirosyan, Me, Me, Me, 2005, pen and marker on paper 10x18in (7x4cm) Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Arshak Martirosyan, Untitled-1, 2005, pen and marker on paper 10x18in (7x4cm) Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Arshak Martirosyan, Untitled-2, 2005, pen and marker on paper 10x18in (7x4cm) Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop