Gary Deirmendjian is a sharp observer of the present, finding and instigating pockets of unsettling beauty through different forms, including sculpture, site-specific installation, photographs video work and interventions. His unusual mode of practice has produced an extensive body of work that is often described as beguiling, thought-provoking and socially concerned. Deirmendjian’s work tends towards shared space, existing in public as poised suggestions in direct friction with daily life, sometimes involving suspended shipping containers, local refuse, or LED screens pulsing across building facades.. Always thoughtful and multifariously expressed, they often challenge and intrigue audiences with their scale and immersive qualities, as well as ephemeral delicacy and lightness of touch. His practice also operates on an intimate scale, including visceral, finely-sculpted heads that fit in the palm of your hand. At the heart of his broad-ranging practice is a gentle yet unflinching view of existence as a kind of arrival. Friend and fellow artist John Adair describes his work 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, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, 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.
A PREVAILING SENSE OF DISQUIET – a recently published monograph (Hardie Grant Books, 2020), is a visually rich and multi-voiced testament to the work and practice of Gary Deirmendjian, a compelling and original voice in the realm of contemporary art.
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