Inside the Beehive:  The Art of Garen Bedrossian

Garen Bedrossian’s paintings and sculptures question the relationship of humans and their environment.  In a fascinating project, the artist  partnered with honey bee colonies,  a highly organized and efficient society, to create unique works of art. The artist made a series of small brightly-colored paintings and placed them in bee hives for a prolonged period of time. Bees covered the art with their own waxwork thus contributing to the creation of an artwork.  A series of these fascinating collaborative works will be presented at the exhibition. Also included are photographs, paintings, and sculptures.

Honeybee colony loss has soared in recent years while humans depend on bees as pollinators to raise crops.  Garen Bedrossian paintings aim to remind us that collaboration with, and respect for, nature is key to human survival.

Garen Bedrossian is an abstract expressionist artist  born in Armenia and now residing in Canada. Bedrossian received professional training at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, launching a creative career both in Russia and in his homeland of Armenia. To escape ideological and political constraints, he emigrated to Canada where he continues to create drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures.

On view in the Mezzanine Gallery September 15, 2018 – February 10, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garen Bedrossian. Between Being and Un-being, 2014

C-print on foam core  

Courtesy of the artist

 

Garen Bedrossian. Erasure Series.

Acrylic, beeswax on canvas

Courtesy of the artist