Artists 'Transcending the Ordinary' in upcoming exhibition

March 07. 2018 4:58PM


This mixed-media paper collage was created by Varujan Boghosian.

MILFORD — More than 50 works of abstract and assemblage art forged from paper, paint, wood and metal will go on view Saturday, March 17, in an exhibition at the New Hampshire Antique Co-op, 323 Elm St.

“Transcending the Ordinary: Abstract, Assemblage & Collage” will feature pieces by artists including Joseph Cornell, Varujan Boghosian and Louise Nevelson, as well as Monadnock-region contemporary artists Roz Park, Chris Myott, Jessie Pollock and Peter Sandback

Collage and assemblage art has its roots in surrealism, borrowing the concept of unexpected juxtaposition. Cornell (1903-1972) was one of the earliest artists to practice this art form. He used found objects, relics and trinkets from his everyday life to create shadow boxes filled with assembled objects. These creations evoke far more than the modest contents used.

Boghosian, a collage and assemblage artist Varujan Boghosian, draws inspiration from literature, art, music and history. His works often reflect his affinity for myth and symbolism, most often seen in his use of swans and serpents.

Boghosian has held a number of teaching positions including at Dartmouth College in Hanover, where he continues to maintain his studio. Boghosian’s artwork can be viewed in museums across the country, including at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American American Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Park uses oil paint, watercolors, photography, fibers and natural objects to create enigmatic abstract paintings and assemblage pieces. Her works have been exhibited at Boston Center for the Arts’ Mill Gallery in Boston, as well as in galleries throughout New Hampshire. She earned honors at the 2017 Biennial at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery in Keene.

To reach the gallery, call 673-8499.


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