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Art:the remix

Four artists will display works in New Mixed Media show at Brand Library and Art Galleries.

October 07, 2006|By Joyce Rudolph

In some of his abstract works, Glendale artist Kaloust Guedel tries to relate the message that humans have similarities, but each person is unique.

His piece "Men in the Hood," has several men's faces displayed across the canvas but the last one is upside-down.

"I use similar looking faces," he said.

"They are the same faces with different expressions. They are not repeated exactly, because no matter how similar we are as human beings, there are always differences between us and I use that as a metaphor to illustrate this point."

This piece will be among several in a show titled "New Mixed Media" opening Oct. 14 at Brand Library Art Galleries.

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Those faces were one of the factors Guedel's work was chosen for the show, said Alyssa G. Resnick, senior library supervisor for Brand Library and Art Center.

"I was initially attracted to Kaloust's work because of the bold expressions on the faces, and also the scale of the works," she said.

"Kaloust's professionalism as an artist and curator were also important factors in selecting him as an artist to exhibit at Brand Library Art Galleries."

Guedel's works combine photography and computer technology in making the composition along with the use of traditional materials, either acrylic or oil paint on canvas, he said.

He is known for creating large works of art.

"It's important to make it in its right size," he said.

"It should be big enough to project the maximum of what you are trying to achieve. But if it's overdone, the viewer senses it. The scale has to be right for the composition."

Guedel's work has been exhibited at the Parsons School of Design in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale.

He was the guest curator for the "From Ararat to America, Armenian Contemporary Artists" at Forest Lawn Glendale, said Alison Bruesehoff, Forest Lawn Museum executive director.

"Kaloust is fantastic," she said.

"He had two pieces of artwork in the exhibit and found the other 14 artists for the show."

The works in that show focused on the Armenian Genocide and were vivid depictions of his thoughts about it, she said.

"His work is very moving and very powerful and the artworks focused on the Armenian holocaust," she said.

"His works are very large paintings and they really told the story of how he felt about the Armenian holocaust."

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