The Scale of Life (August 28 -September 7)

We’re happy to announce that HAYP’s third art exhibition will open on Friday, August 28... Only a week from now! This time around, we decided to settle in a beautiful empty space right outside of the Yerevan center, behind A.U.A., by the new apartments at the top of Cascade. Our exhibition will take place at the unfinished penthouse floor of the Yerevan Residence.

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The concept

“The Scale of Life” will be an avant-garde multi-disciplinary exhibit based on the reinterpretation of the pagan fish symbol, the “Vishap”.

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The Vishap, or water dragon, was the symbol of fertility and creation in pagan Armenia. In this exhibit, painters, performers, sculptors, poets and installation artists reinterpret in their own contemporary way this mythological water creature, thought to control the source of water and ultimately life.

The exhibit title, “The Scale of Life” is a play on words referencing both the fish’s outer skin, or scales, as well as the magnitude and diversity of life.

Did you know?

The vishapakar is actually the predecessor of the khachkar, those beautiful large crosses built in stone that can be seen all around Armenia. In pagan times, Vishapakars (phallic fish-like sculptures) were erected in order to encourage rainfall and fertile crops. The earth and sky were seen as man and woman, who were united through rainfall. 

The events

The exhibition will stay up from August 28 to September 7, and as usual, those 10 days will be filled with original events… let’s awake the Vishap!

Friday, August 28

For the opening11865015_943055079074196_8584827712883320901_o night, we will be combining forces with DZOOK, a new Pop Up Fish Restaurant started by food enthusiasts Victoria Aleksanian and Arine Aghazarian. DZOOK aims at promoting the local Armenian fish preparation, degustation and enjoyment. They will serve an all-fish menu of local fresh-water fish paired with an assortment of Karas wines. Entrance will be 4,500AMD. Tickets are available at:

Sunday, August 30

HAYP Pop Up Gallery hosts THE SCREENERY for a film viewing.

Wednesday, September 2

HAYP Pop Up Gallery hosts a talk by Armen Martirosian on archeology and pagan Armenia.

Friday, September 4

Artist Aram Atamian will do an experimental theater performance at the gallery.

Monday, September 6

Join us for a contemporary dance performance by BA-AR-DIA to close off HAYP 3.0 in style!

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To stay up to date with the events next week, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page!

Hope to see you very soon at the gallery,

Charlotte & Anna

FLOW – Lake Sevan 2016

By Anna K. Gargarian


 

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Some of you may have been hearing the buzz about FLOW, HAYP’s summer project by lake Sevan. Although it was originally planned for 2015, the project will take place next summer of 2016. Why? We’ve received so many interesting proposals for collaboration by artists and musicians alike that the project has grown from a one-day event to a three-day festival. Instead of rushing things and doing a watered-down version of the project, we decided to dedicate the proper amount of time to plan and budget the FLOW we really want to see take place. What, you may ask, is this FLOW we envision?

The Project

FLOW is a three day cultural festival that includes: a temporary site-specific installation, three days of performance (dance, theater and experimental shows), and two evenings of concerts featuring local and international musicians. The unique location, Port Ayas, is a coastal campsite on Lake Sevan near Shorja village. It offers a stunning landscape for artists to work with, and an amazing experience for guests to explore art, grab a bite, take a swim, and even spend the night camping. What’s more, docked at Port Ayas is Cilicia, the legendary wooden sailboat that traveled across Europe (it took two years), and that is modeled after the historic 13th century merchant ship from the Cilicia Kingdom. The vessel measures 20m long, weighs 50 tons, and was entirely constructed from shipbuilding techniques found in medieval manuscripts.

Charlotte and I visiting the sailboat two months ago. It's currently under renovation, but still amazing and full of character.

Charlotte and I visiting the sailboat two months ago. It’s currently under renovation, but still amazing and full of character.

Exhibition Concept

The theme, FLOW, is inspired by water: it’s movement, sound, and symbolism. Water has long-been a source of creative inspiration. We invite artists to explore this theme through various media: painting, photography, installation, sculpture, video, sound…. whatever floats your boat (pun intended).

Here are some examples of works we like from around the world that have served as inspiration for this project:

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Land -art installation by Gerry Berry in Ireland.

Water Installations

Left: Inflatable light installation by Spacecadets (Great Britain). Right: “Walk on water” pod-men by Bits’n’pieces (Boston).

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“Please Touch the Art” Mirror installation by Jeppe Hein at the Brooklyn Bridge park. Photo credits: Dezeen.com.

We’ve been working hard these past two months securing the location and figuring out logistics. We’ve brainstormed with beloved local band (gone international) BAMBIR, as well as emerging musical and visual artist Raffi Semerdjian and his band Palm of Granite.

Bambir_2007albumWe’ve been Skyping with internationally renowned Armenian artist, Kevork Mourad (Syrian-born, New York-based painter, film-maker, and performer), and sketching and engineering large-scale sculptural works with local artists and chemists (yes, that’s right…chemists…you wait and see!).

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Artist Kevork Mourad at work in his studio in New York.

If you’re interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will put up a call to projects this month with more information on how to be a part of FLOW- LAKE SEVAN 2016.

In the mean time…

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Pop-Up restaurant by Muvbox in Montreal, Canada.

Stay tuned for what’s happening this month with HAYP! We’re combining forces with a new local Pop-up Restaurant lead by Victoria Aleksanyan and Arine Aghazarian to bring food and art together for a full experience of the senses. More information coming next week.