Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Hangar, a pop-up exhibition featuring artists Vahakn Arslanian and Lauren West. Hosted by Gianpaolo de Felice in Hangar 11 at the East Hampton Airport, the exhibition will be available for private viewings from September 7th through October 7th, 2019. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, September 7th from 1 to 7pm, in Hangar 11 at the East Hampton Airport, 200 Daniels Hole Road, East Hampton, NY 11937.

Visual artwork is most often defined by its physical presence–its gravitational pull to the ground–while the idea of flight is less tethered to the Earth. Flight has always been imbued with wonder, from the natural creatures that fly as a means of survival to the human-made machines that travel vast distances over lands and oceans. For artists Vahakn Arslanian and Lauren West, winged creatures and vehicles manifest in their work in a variety of ways. From the delicate membraned wings of bees, to the thick feathered wings of birds, to the sharp angled blades of a jet-engine fan, subjects of flight are composed of similar mechanisms yet encased in captivating and unique forms.

Working between painting and sculpture, Vahakn Arslanian uses materials such as oil paint on canvas, graphite, and nail polish on paper in found frames. His work often depicts airplanes, birds, and candles, all subjects of movement and energy. Arslanian uses spare airplane windows and doors as frames and surfaces for painting, frequently shattering the glass inside of them. The cracked glass creates a scattering of light within his works, as in DC-8 Jet, 2013, where the luminous effect is intensified by the use of nail polish on paper to illustrate a plane behind the glass on each side of an airplane cockpit window. Many paintings in one artwork, another example of the artist’s double-sided works is a jet-engine fan painted in nail polish with a unique commercial airplane on each of the fan’s angled blades–both front and back–revealing a new plane when viewed from different perspectives.

Painting in oil, Lauren West’s canvases are composed of richly layered colors that map out scenes often suggesting biblical stories as well as apocalyptic occurrences. The humor in her work is a result of the incredible assortment of animals and objects combined in each painting, even UFOs appear, such as in Lunar Love, 2019, where past and future converge between medieval battle weapons and alien flying objects. Flappable, 2019, presents a balancing act between West’s avian subjects choreographed around a telephone pole. An unusual gathering of birds including an eagle and an owl, cardinals and blue jays, a chicken and a dove, hover and land on a telephone pole, its wires and transformer. Impasto brushstrokes heighten the physicality of her painted subjects as they strive to take their places within the painting’s edges, in between taut wires and textured sky.

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Boeing Of Exit (side 1), 2018
Vahakn Arslanian

Boeing Of Exit (side 1), 2018

Nail polish on airplane emergency exit door
43.25 x 23 x 12 inches
(109.9 x 58.4 x 30.5 cm)

Boeing Of Exit (side 2), 2018
Vahakn Arslanian

Boeing Of Exit (side 2), 2018

Nail polish on airplane emergency exit door
43.25 x 23 x 12 inches
(109.9 x 58.4 x 30.5 cm)

Jet Of Jetliners (side 1), 2017
Vahakn Arslanian

Jet Of Jetliners (side 1), 2017

Nail polish on jet engine fan
39 inches diameter x 9 inches depth
(99.1 cm diameter x 22.9 cm depth

Spring Of Rain , 2018
Vahakn Arslanian

Spring Of Rain , 2018

Oil on canvas and nail polish on paper
72.5 x 50 inches
(184.2 x 127 cm

DC-8 Jet (side 1), 2013
Vahakn Arslanian

DC-8 Jet (side 1), 2013

Nail polish on paper in airplane cockpit window
29 x 24 x 8 inches
(73.7 x 61 x 20.3 cm)

Boeing Of Turkish (side 1), 2016
Vahakn Arslanian

Boeing Of Turkish (side 1), 2016

Nail polish on paper in airplane windshield
24.5 x 45 x 17 inches
(62.2 x 114.3 x 43.2 cm)

Blue Of Flights , 2012
Vahakn Arslanian

Blue Of Flights , 2012

Graphite on paper and oil on canvas
23.75 x 35.75 inches
(60.3 x 90.8 cm)

MD Light Up (side 1), 2018
Vahakn Arslanian

MD Light Up (side 1), 2018

Graphite and nail polish on paper
27.25 x 28 x 10 inches
(69.2 x 71.1 x 25.4 cm)

Bee (side 1), 2017
Vahakn Arslanian

Bee (side 1), 2017

Nail polish on paper in artist stand
9.5 x 18 x 8 inches
(24.1 x 45.7 x 20.3 cm)

Fan Of Classic Airlines , 2017
Vahakn Arslanian

Fan Of Classic Airlines , 2017

Nail polish on paper
14 x 32 inches
(35.6 x 81.3 cm)

Candle Bird Head , 2003
Vahakn Arslanian

Candle Bird Head , 2003

Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
18 x 14 inches
(45.7 x 35.6 cm)

Candle Bird Head , 2003
Vahakn Arslanian

Candle Bird Head , 2003

Nail polish on paper and oil on paper
15.5 x 19.5 inches
(39.4 x 49.5 cm)

Magic Up , 2009
Vahakn Arslanian

Magic Up , 2009

Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
11 x 9 inches
(27.9 x 22.9 cm)

Flaming Up Bird , 2009
Vahakn Arslanian

Flaming Up Bird , 2009

Graphite on paper and burned paper
9 x 9 inches
(22.9 x 22.9 cm

Short Candle Left , 2008
Vahakn Arslanian

Short Candle Left , 2008

Graphite on paper and burned paper
12.75 x 5.75 inches
(32.4 x 14.6 cm)

Red Bird , 2003
Vahakn Arslanian

Red Bird , 2003

Oil on canvas
9 x 11 inches
(22.9 x 27.9 cm)

Worried Bird , 2005
Vahakn Arslanian

Worried Bird , 2005

Graphite on paper
9 x 6.5 inches
(22.9 x 16.5 cm)

Flame Up Bird , 2005
Vahakn Arslanian

Flame Up Bird , 2005

Graphite on paper and burned paper
8.25 x 6.25 inches
(21 x 15.9 cm)

Short Candle Bird , 2004
Vahakn Arslanian

Short Candle Bird , 2004

Graphite on paper
8.75 x 6.75 inches
(22.2 x 17.1 cm

Subway Bird , 2005
Vahakn Arslanian

Subway Bird , 2005

Graphite on paper
8.25 x 6.25 inches
(21 x 15.9 cm

Head Light Up , 2008
Vahakn Arslanian

Head Light Up , 2008

Graphite on paper and burned paper
5.75 x 7.75
(14.6 x 19.7 cm)

Untitled , 2004
Vahakn Arslanian

Untitled , 2004

Graphite on paper
7.5 x 5.5 inches
(19.1 x 14 cm)

From Now To Past , 2005
Vahakn Arslanian

From Now To Past , 2005

Graphite on paper
7.25 x 5.25 inches
(18.4 x 13.3 cm)

Light Bird Head , 2008
Vahakn Arslanian

Light Bird Head , 2008

Graphite on paper and burned paper
7.75 x 6.25 inches
(19.7 x 15.9 cm)

From Now To Past , 2005
Vahakn Arslanian

From Now To Past , 2005

Graphite on paper
7.25 x 5.25 inches
(18.4 x 13.3 cm)

Bird Candle , 2004
Vahakn Arslanian

Bird Candle , 2004

Graphite on paper
7.5 x 5 inches
(19.1 x 12.7 cm)

Bitch , 2007
Vahakn Arslanian

Bitch , 2007

Graphite on paper
8 x 6 inches
(20.3 x 15.2 cm)

Red Bird , 2004
Vahakn Arslanian

Red Bird , 2004

Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
6 x 4 inches
(15.2 x 10.2 cm)

Bird , 2002
Vahakn Arslanian

Bird , 2002

Oil on canvas and graphite on paper
13 x 9.5 inches
(33 x 24.1 cm)

Avian Sway , 2019
Lauren West,

Avian Sway , 2019

oil on canvas
76 x 80 inches
(193.04 x 203.2 cm)

Flappable , 2019
Lauren West,

Flappable , 2019

oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
(121.92 x 121.92 cm)

Lunar Love , 2019
Lauren West,

Lunar Love , 2019

oil on canvas
30 x 20 inches
(76.2 x 50.8 cm)