by Dan Kim on Friday, October 5th, 2012On Friday, September 21, the Nesto Gallery held the opening reception for artist Ani Avanian’s exhibition, Temporary Extensions. The first exhibition of the school year, Temporary Extensions will be open throughout the school day until October 26.
Originally from Armenia, Ms. Avanian moved to the US when she was eleven and is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and English. She now works at her art studio in the South End.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Toledo, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She currently works as a graphic and web designer as well as a conventional artist.
Ms. Avanian explores ergonomics, or human engineering and its future. Her artist statement – “As the seductive designs of consumer technology further lure us, I’m fascinated to observe how the field of ergonomics and interaction design will evolve to successfully continue integrating technology into our bodies. Will the boundaries between the organic and manufactured one day be indistinguishable?” – describes the overall theme of her artwork while raising a probing question about the advancement of technology.
She explores mankind, technology, and their integration through paintings, drawings, and installation art. “Technology is now such an integral part of society, so much so that we have become desensitized to its rapid integration into our daily lives,” says Ms. Avanian, also in her artist statement.
Temporary Extensions has garnered generally positive responses from the student body. Danielle Cahoon (I) said, “The exhibition made me think about the current role and potential danger of technology as well as the increasing human dependence on technology. I liked how she was able to convey a consistently simple and powerful message through a variety of pieces.”
She also added, “it was interesting to see how [Avanian] progressed in the composition of her pieces, keeping the theme of technology and use of black/white graphite on paper, but experimenting with size and detail and eventually expanding to 3D pieces.”
Gerard Denoeux (II) said, “This was the first Nesto Gallery exhibition I’ve ever been to, and I thought the artist’s message was actually very interesting. I’ll probably come to other exhibitions in the future.”
Ms. Avanian’s past exhibitions have taken place in Boston, MA and Toledo, OH, the cities she earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees, respectively. She has also won awards and distinctions for both art and graphic design and has been invited for lectures and presentations at many universities. She will address the student body on Wednesday, October 23 in Greeley.
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