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”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. He was sitting in front of me, on a velvet couch. His face was half-lit by candles. We were in an intimate cocktail, at the 31st floor of the Waldorf Towers, where international artists and friends gathered to toast Grégoire Vogelsan – A belgian gallerist and art dealer. The man sitting in front of me, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan , is one of the artists Grégoire represents. There was something moving about the way he speaks. His voice was soft and poetic. There was a je-ne-sais-quoi that emanated from him, he had a certain sensibility… that was brilliantly translated in his art as well.

”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. We were discussing a series of paintings he had done. A series of portraits, called Mirrors, where women’s faces were placed over their hands. When you see the paintings, you first think of a huge photoshopped photographs,  printed in mural-esque dimensions. Not the case. They were actually large oil paintings…  The first thing that struck me was the precision of his work. Outstanding. Although the series are finely worked surrealism, they looked so… real.

”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. The series were a reflection of people’s relationship with social media and technology. The focus was placed on women’s reaction to social media. That certain image we want to preserve, that isn’t totally representative of our lives or emotions. Furthermore, his work suggests a certain lack of privacy… voir concealness. ”The best way I can explain it…” He said, ” … is the analogy of a kid who puts his hands over his eyes to hide. He thinks you don’t see him anymore, but you do.” So what’s your statement? What’s the conclusion of your reflection?” I asked.

”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. He said. ”I can’t answer a question that I’m asking.”

Photos: From his Facebook Page.