Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 10/10/01

Piece by Apo TorosyanMARLBORO, VT - Selections from well-known contemporary artist Apo Torosyan's "Bread Series" and "Immigration Installation" are being displayed in Marlboro's Drury Gallery through October 25. Torosyan works with bread, cord, dirt, and other found objects to make "wall sculptures" that detail the process of immigration and social integration.

Torosyan was born and raised by an Armenian father and Greek mother in Istanbul, Turkey, in the old Byzantine city of Constantinople. From an early age, he has worked on canvas, experimenting with texture. "The surface of a stained and weathered wall; the bark of a tree; an old manuscript; a mosaic; a fresco; a Hellenistic or Etruscan temple or an icon ­ all fascinated me," says Torosyan.

His uniquely textural work springs from his ethnic background, which he uses as a source of creativity. "The bread, which is the staff of life, was taken from my ancestors. It represents victims of oppression. They died in starvation, including my grandparents. I immortalize the bread within my concepts. It is an organic metaphor. It is the cycle of life."

Torosyan earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1968, and emigrated to the USA in the same year. After establishing a successful visual design company, he sold his business in 1986 in order to dedicate his time to his art. Since then, he has had countless solo and group shows all over the USA and Europe, and his work has appeared in private and corporate collections in Armenia, Canada, France, Greece, Spain, Turkey, and the USA.

Admission is free and open to the public. The gallery, which is fully accessible, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday. For more information, please call 247-2533 or visit Marlboro online at http://www.marlboro.edu.

See also, October 5th press release


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