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The Exhibition Mika Vatinyan: Secret Equations Opened at CCA

December 01, 2018
Opening of the exhibition, Mika Vatinyan’s Secret Equations, took place on December 1 in Gallery One of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts (CCA).

The eleven paintings that make up Mika Vatinyan’s Secret Equations series (2017-18), hang side by side in the Interactive Study Center of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. They all measure 200x150cm and mostly consist of monochrome blots and scratches that have either hidden or erased SOMETHING out. Arranged in loose grids and interspaced with mathematical symbols, what seems veiled from our view are numbers. The paintings appear like a puzzle and there are various ‘clues’ – the repeated mathematical formulas, the multiplied photographs of the artist pasted on one of the works and so on – which point to a meaning to be unlocked. And yet, looking closer and longer at these stains and marks only makes it less clear what the paintings exactly mean. The series begins to appear as a satire of everything in between suprematism and conceptual art, presented like an absurdist echo of iconostases. Is this then a melancholic realization of the impossibility of finding insight and truth – a kind of mourning for art’s own ‘end’?

The project curator is Vigen Galstyan, PhD.

The exhibition has been organized with the support of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. 
The project was realized under the Financial Support for Art Project program of Armenia Art Foundation.

The public dates for the exhibition are December 1, 2018 to February 24, 2019. 
The admission is free of charge.
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