"Color is Calling" Diana Hakobyan
Motion, speed, lightness and weightlessness are parameters that could be peculiar to moving images yet they characterize Diana Hakobyan’s new canvases. Electric industrial landscapes streaking with incredible speed make you forget them belong to a canvas. A link is born between several media realities giving birth to a new painting that embeds video and photo elements.
The game element characteristic to Diana Hakobyan’s video works is present in these new works as well. Nevertheless, the game here is of more abstract character. It primarily lies in strive, shift and immersion into another reality. Unlike the majority of her works of fairly subjective (personal) character with the author present in the works and playing own games which oftentimes have social content concerning women’s issues; here you can feel detachment and distance: this is the creation of a new and desired world.
It is exactly this kind of change in the scale that forces the viewer not just to follow but to desire to be taken to this enviable reality saturated with bright fantastic colors from unknown future or known but undeniably desired past. The lightness of flights and falls of depicted figures allows them to fuse with the environment. Teenagers’ figures, in combination with natural and industrial images, possess an incredible feeling of freedom, joy and ease. The author seems to fix this fantastic reality behind them. These teenagers turn into symbols of freedom and owners of the reality created. Every so often the author portrays but an element of a figure highlighting the significance of the enduring motion itself.
These canvases can be referred to as an experiment of its own kind to portray various moods. In these can you see hues of loneliness, strive to overcome obstacles, desire to rush forwards at high speed, or, the contrary, to stop the time. In the meantime, you can see how Diana daringly plays with colors characteristic of this or that mood or state of mind. Dramatic yet mild hues are peculiar to natural soaring landscapes with minimalist use of color schemes, whereas the industrial environment is saturated with color breakouts, motion and speed. Several parallel worlds and layers can thus be elicited. These worlds and layers portrayed by the author exist both within us and outside. Nonetheless, Diana places special emphasis upon the reality we want to live in versus the reality we do. This world is what our dreams are, oftentimes so seductive that waking up becomes impossible.
All flights and falls seek one and the same goal- contentment. They force you to forgo the surrounding reality immersing you into an absolutely different world of pleasures. We become the witnesses of absolute art that breaks out casting off all types of fetters and barriers.