If the wall obstructs the eye, confining the scene, a picture hanging on the same wall provides a window for the observer. This abstract surface, like a window, opens to reveal the inner landscape that lies beyond. The pictures of Arthur Sarkissian examine the architectonic aspects of both wall and window. They appear to make allusion to spatial relationships. In fact, what is open or closed, emerging or indefinite, what is inside or outside the wall, is not, after all, a natural space, a landscape, or a distant perspective. These pictures enable the eye to glide, fix, and return to a point on the canvas, confirming the materialisation of time. This materialised time is the artist’s target, as well as its structures—the present and the past.

Nazareth Karoyan