In Ohanjanyan’s work, rhythm (also evoking the natural rhythm of the Armenian Highlands) is a fundamental means of bringing to life a work of art, poem or piece of music; it is the highest expression of artistic creation that comes about when thought encounters raw material and creates the kind of vibration that allows a message to be conveyed without the need for narratives.
For Ohanjanyan, masterpieces from all cultures, regardless of whether they are prehistoric, ancient, modern or contemporary, share the same rhythmic frequency that makes them infinite, timeless.
Armenian architecture is another source of inspiration for Mikayel Ohanjanyan. Despite the multiplicity of its forms, it finds a kind of unifying embodiment in the volcanic materials typical of canyons and cliffs, such as tufa and basalt.
The basic elements of Tasnerku + 1 are made of basalt, grey-coloured forms that are in themselves stable but rendered precarious by the tension running through ropes that creates contrast, solid forms extending into space of a different consistency.
Golden Lion, Armenian national Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennial
First place, Henraux Prize
First place, Targetti Light Art Prize
First place, MOVIN’UP
First place, Pavia International Biennial of Contemporary Art
Third place, XX Florence Prize
Member of the Art for the World Europa Association (Geneva), International Association des Arts Plastiques – UNESCO (Paris), Artists’ Union