BEYOND THE VISIBLE

(Erosion, memory and ruins)

Impact and Erosion

 

Beyond the cycles of nature, Garo also seeks to raise awareness about the environmental decline that directly impacts our landscape by highlighting its transformations, its visible traces (series Impact and Erosion) and the ephemeral beauty of this mobile and shifting environment.

 

The artist focuses on the invisible forces and movements of our earth, which change our environment over time, irreversibly and often dramatically (seismic movements, or cumulated erosion of wind, sand, sun and water define the architectonic of our planet).These phenomena have accelerated in recent decades (glacial retraction, mountain collapse, island disappearance, desertification), this is a direct consequence of climate change and impacting directly our humanity.

 

Back to nature (Time - Memory - Traces - Remains)

 

Humans over centuries, had always tried to tame or compete with nature, in constant struggle with it for its survival, they have often constrained the architecture by changing its landscape in order to defend, protect or reveal the greatness of its culture. Sometimes, it also happens that nature takes over according to its cycle. Some majestic human constructions had radically changed the structure of the landscape for several decades, and are now abandoned. Garo likes to feed on historical or heritage references, major architectural or artistic symbols to question our identity and to testify to his fight for the preservation of the universal human and natural heritage. Art is one of the only shield that fights against death, indifference and oblivion.

 

The material and the elements dedicated to the stakes of the planet

 

Intrinsically, Garo is one of the "materialist" artists who introduce the elements of nature directly into his works. The rendering is an impacting mineral aspect, only perceptible in front of the canvas. The structure and the skin that carry with it, the history of our humanity and that tell us with its quartz and other fossil sediments, the fragile beauty of our world in perpetual movement.

 

His approach has a philosophical, ecological and humanistic dimension, which wishes to participate in the conscious evolution of our society towards the challenges of our planet.

 

Beyond the limits on the cardinal points, listening to the world

 

Humans are influenced by their own environment, most of the time they try to control it, to influence it, to redefine it geographically or physically delimit it by natural boundaries but also artificial or invisible (series BEYOND LIMITS).

 

As many new series that mingle and continue the previous ones, setting a new artistic path, linked to cardinal points, to geographical places located in the heart of diverse cultures, scattered on different continents.

 

All will begin with a Residence in China this summer to explore the Great Wall (East) that the artist will echo with the Mexican wall in construction in the USA (West). It will then go on with (North) the Urals in Russia, that define naturally the limits of Siberia, before venturing (South) to discover other lost parts of our world; regions isolated by very old deserts in Namibia as in South Africa.

 

The artist finally analyzes the cultural codes of the places visited looking for common points. The vulnerability of the human being towards his cultural, natural or built environment is manifested by a need for security, a wish of protection.

 

This raises fundamental matters about our origins and future, our heritage and memory, our relationship to the environment and the respect of our land, which all the humanity depends on, as well as our influence on the cycles of nature; opening up more largely to an awareness of our fragility. Changes must be taken in place if we do not want to jeopardize our own humanity.

 

More than ever, Garo is attentive to today's world. The visual artist wishes to preserve a specific plastic identity at each stage of his research.