VARUJAN BOGHOSIAN (b. 1926, New Britain, CT)
As a practitioner of the modernist tradition of paste-ups in the wake of John Heartfield and Max Ernst, Varujan Boghosian speaks not only with things, but through the medium of found objects. By re-contextualizing 100 years worth of found materials with scissors and paste, time and context are re-examined. Boghosian’s approach is intuitive and meditative, dealing less with external social factors and lending more focus to the materiality and history of the object. Fusion and juxtaposition are what sets his work apart along with an acute understanding of literary history, while his inquisitive nature is what lends poetry to his constructions. His use of contradictory visual elements is sympathetic to Ernst but the content he creates is all his own.