TREE LINED STREET
In the Main Space
Baltimore, Maryland based artist Gary Kachadourian creates intricate pencil drawings of everyday objects and landscapes that are designed to be copied, shown, and/or distributed as Xeroxed or laser printed booklets, prints, posters, or objects. Much of his work is available to purchase for under $10 and is xeroxed to life-size scale. His installations anchor the viewer in a familiar reality, proposing that one should consider the beauty within a banal landscape. His work will turn the walls of our main gallery into an urban alley way, complete with a Volvo station wagon and life-size trees.
Recent exhibitions include the 12th National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center; Forest/City at FAM/Western Carolina University; Home Maker at Purchase College, SUNY, MICA Then/Now at the KuBe, Beacon, NY, Floorplan at PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO; Troika at Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Baker Artists Awards Exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art; One Every Day: A Printeresting Curatorial Project, EFA Project Space, NY; Super/Prime: Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA; and Liste and FAX at the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. His books and posters have been carried by Atomic Books, Half Letter Press, Printed Matter, and Quimby’s Bookstore. He received a Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and the Trawick Prize and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant both in 2013.
He was the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, formerly the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, from 1987 to 2009 where he coordinated grant programs, exhibitions for Artscape, the city’s mural program and numerous temporary public arts projects in the city of Baltimore. In 2012 he completed his MFA degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
For the past eight years I have been making scale drawings of objects, surfaces, and locations that exist in my public and personal space. These drawings are scanned and reproduced using black and white or color xerographic or ink jet printed processes to make books, prints, and large-scale installations. The selected objects and surfaces usually represent those things that are in plain sight, things that are central to the nfrastructure of a built environment but are also things that are visually ignored. While I am interested and cognitive of the poetics of what is and isn’t selected and how what is selected interacts with the other selections I do not feel that it is my place to codify this part of the process.
Organized by Jenny McGee Dougherty