Armen Agop was awarded the Presidential Medal of the Italian Republic October 5th at the closing ceremony of the 40th Edition of the Sulmona Prize for Contemporary Art in Sulmona, Italy. The exhibition opened Saturday, September 7th and sees the participation of 125 artworks, representing over 20 nations, all displayed in the civic museums of […]
The sculpture resembles what it should be, although by its own nature of stone it could be the opposite of the visible, and it could be a proof of the invisible in the representations of the mind.
A ray of sun interrupts the blackness and ignites in throbbing flakes; some drops of rain and the granite is polished by tears; with the touch of a caress the form awakens, gently oscillating, like a living thing.
Armen Agop’s sculptures repose in a secretly precarious stillness. These seemingly anchored forms consent to movement when pressed to it by our hands. Later, they inexorably return to their original position. As a result of their curved shapes, these black granite metronomes gradually slow and stop in a subtle dialogue between light and shade.
Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more unseen forms become manifest to him. -Rumi, Sufi mystic
The formation of identity is a long process that involves every person in the early years of his existence, in fact it begins in the early stages of a child’s development and consolidates in adulthood. In some ways, we might say that one of the main themes of our lives is just this search for identity, an understanding and acceptance of our being.
After a jury awarded him first prize in the prestigious Umberto Mastroianni Award in 2010, Egyptian born artist Armen Agop recently installed his award-winning stone fountain in the Italian town of Barge, Piedmonte Italy.