Gary Deirmendjian is a sharp observer of the present, finding pockets of unsettling beauty through different forms, including sculpture, site-specific installation, photographs and video work. These works range from monumental public artworks involving shipping containers and local refuse to visceral, finely-sculpted heads that fit in the palm of your hand. At the heart of his practice is a gentle yet unflinching view of existence as a kind of arrival. Artist and critic John Adair describes his works as “a poetic response; often dark, melancholic, but not without hope.”
Gary Deirmendjian has exhibited extensively across Australia and has received notable awards and commissions for both private and public artworks across the world. He has been invited to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Contour 556 and on the Wynscreen at Wynyard Station on numerous occasions. Deirmendjian has also been asked to judge public art awards himself, most recently the FIVEX Art Prize. His oeuvre is broadly recognised for being challenging, thought-provoking, and socially concerned.
In his own words, Deirmendjian describes the themes of his approach:
“once a believer, I now rest my faith in uncertainty.
there’s been a lifelong personal struggle towards a firming appreciation of our oneness as a single species, and of our extreme smallness in the context of a vast, humming and indifferent universe. the understanding that ours is a momentary existence on a speck of dust adrift in boundless space, has gained considerable density.
the tension between the felt sublime of this base truth and the many ways in which we are ushered away from knowing it fully, is somehow the surge underlying the expression … in all its forms.
the core interest lies in the tidal mechanisms of social conditioning and one’s place in the given oceans of unquestioned attitudes and mass acceptance.
the expression in turn continues to find inspiration in the ever enduring and conquering individuals of any time and place, who have pushed through and come to see beyond the assumed certainties …” Gary Deirmendjian
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