Tripoli Gallery

Vahakn Arslanian

b. 1975, Antwerp, Belgium

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Vahakn Arslanian was raised in New York City and began painting and working with glass at an early age. Deaf from birth and fascinated by the chaotic beauty of shattered glass, Vahakn found in his art both a route for his imaginative vision and a means of exploring the equilibrium between destruction and creation. His work frequently employs glass—sometimes broken, sometimes intact—as well as found or acquired objects like antique window sashes and hardware, massive airliner cockpit windows, lightbulbs, and even jet-engine fans. The images he places in and on the spaces thus created depict his vision of beauty and absurdity: a bird with a subway car for a beak, a candle with too many flames, a flock of tiny Boeing jets converging on the vortex at the center of a shattered window. Vahakn Arslanian’s work has been shown at multiple solo exhibitions in London, Antwerp, Geneva, St. Barthélemy, and his native New York City, as well as in numerous group exhibitions, including the St. Moritz Art Masters. His collaboration with Julian Schnabel, “The Ones You Didn’t Write—The Maybach Car,” was displayed on the Grand Canal during the Venice Biennale. Vahakn divides his time between his studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Petite Saline, St. Barth.
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(Side 1) Boeing Of Exit, 2018
Nail polish on airplane emergency exit door
43.25 × 23 × 12 inches (109.9 × 58.4 × 30.5 cm)

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(Side 2) Boeing Of Exit, 2018
Nail polish on airplane emergency exit door
43.25 × 23 × 12 inches (109.9 × 58.4 × 30.5 cm)

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MD Light Up (Side 1), 2018
Graphite and nail polish on paper
27.25 × 28 × 10 inches (69.2 × 71.1 × 25.4 cm)

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MD Light Up (Side 2), 2018
Graphite and nail polish on paper
27.25 × 28 × 10 inches (69.2 × 71.1 × 25.4 cm)

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Bee (Side 1), 2017
Nail polish on paper in artist stand
18 × 9.5 × 8 inches (45.7 × 24.1 × 20.3 cm)

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Bee (Side 2), 2017
Nail polish on paper in artist stand
18 × 9.5 × 8 inches (45.7 × 24.1 × 20.3 cm)

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Spring of Rain, 2018
Oil on canvas and nail polish on paper
72.5 × 50 inches (184.15 × 127 cm)

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Russian Airplane, 2007-2010
Oil on canvas
81.5 × 72 inches (207 × 182.9 cm)

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(Side 1) Boeing Of Turkish, 2016
Nail polish on paper in plane windshield
24.5 × 45 × 17 inches (62.2 × 114.3 × 43.2 cm)

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(Side 2) Boeing Of Turkish, 2016
Nail polish on paper in plane windshield
24.5 × 45 × 17 inches (62.2 × 114.3 × 43.2 cm)

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(Side 1) Jet Of Jetliners, 2017
Nail polish on jet engine fan
39 inches diameter × 9 inches (99.1 cm diameter × 22.9 cm)

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(Side 2) Jet Of Jetliners, 2017
Nail polish on jet engine fan
39 inches diameter × 9 inches (99.1 cm diameter × 22.9 cm)

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(Side 1) DC-8 Jet, 2013
Nail polish on paper in airplane cockpit window
29 × 24 × 8 inches (73.7 × 61 × 20.3 cm)

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(Side 2) DC-8 Jet, 2013
Nail polish on paper in airplane cockpit window
29 × 24 × 8 inches (73.7 × 61 × 20.3 cm)

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Blue Of Flights, 2012
Graphite on paper and oil on canvas
23.75 × 35.75 inches (60.3 × 90.8 cm)

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Fan Of Classic Airlines, 2017
Nail polish on paper
14 × 32 inches (35.6 × 81.3 cm)

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Birds Light Space Up, 2012
Nail polish on paper and oil on paper
15.5 × 19.5 inches (39.4 × 49.5 cm)

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Candle Bird Head, 2003
Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
18 × 14 inches (45.7 × 35.6 cm)

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Bird, 2002
Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
13 × 9.5 inches (33 × 24.1 cm)

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Magic Up, 2009
Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
11 × 9 inches (27.9 × 22.9 cm)

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Flaming Up Bird, 2009
Graphite on paper and burned paper
9 × 9 inches (22.9 × 22.9 cm)

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Short Candle Left, 2008
Graphite on paper and burned paper
12.75 × 5.75 inches (32.4 × 14.6 cm)

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Red Bird, 2003
Oil on canvas
9 × 11 inches (22.9 × 27.9 cm)

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Worried Bird, 2005
Graphite on paper
9 × 6.5 inches (22.9 × 16.5 cm)

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Flame Up Bird, 2005
Graphite on paper and burned paper
8.25 × 6.25 inches (21 × 15.9 cm)

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Short Candle Bird, 2004
Graphite on paper
8.75 × 6.75 inches (22.2 × 17.1 cm)

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Subway Bird, 2005
Graphite on paper
8.25 × 6.25 inches (21 × 15.9 cm)

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Head Light Up, 2008
Graphite on paper and burned paper
5.75 × 7.75 inches (14.6 × 19.7 cm)

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Untitled, 2004
Graphite on paper
7.5 × 5.5 inches (19.1 × 14 cm)

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From Now To Past, 2005
Graphite on paper
7.25 × 5.25 inches (18.4 × 13.3 cm)

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From Now To Past, 2005
Graphite on paper
7.25 × 5.25 inches (18.4 × 13.3 cm)

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Light Bird Head, 2008
Graphite on paper and burned paper
7.75 × 6.25 inches (19.7 × 15.9 cm)

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Bird Candle, 2004
Graphite on paper
7.5 × 5 inches (19.1 × 12.7 cm)

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Bitch, 2007
Graphite on paper
8 × 6 inches (20.3 × 15.2 cm)

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Red Bird, 2004
Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
6 × 4 inches (15.2 × 10.2 cm)

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Oven Candles, 2011
Graphite on paper, and tempered glass
21-1/2" × 15-3/4"

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Detail: Oven Candles, 2011
Graphite on paper, and tempered glass
21-1/2" × 15-3/4"