Leo Leo Vardanyan is an abstract artist whose work is deeply spiritual and meditative. His craftsmanship is a central part of his artistic practice, and though he is primarily a painter, he also works with wood, video, performance and most recently photography.
Working in series, the artist explores seemingly infinite variations via obsessive yet controlled studies. In his painted oeuvre, the artist manipulates line and space to create nuances in light, color, and rhythm, which he refers to as โ€vibrationsโ€. Similarly, in โ€From my Windowโ€, the premier of Leoโ€s photographic project, the artist establishes a controlled environment in order to explore formal elements and their symbolic meanings.
The principal subject of the series is not the view from Leoโ€s bedroom window, but rather the translucence of the curtain, its movement in the summer wind, and the changing hues of light that filter through depending on the time of day. Leoโ€s โ€Windowโ€ series embodies visually what French philosopher Roland Barthes famously observed in his final text, Camera Lucida: โ€a photograph is always invisible: it is not it that we seeโ€ฆthe photograph is never distinguished from its referentโ€.
Through repetition, Leo brings to light this very paradox by shifting the viewerโ€s attention from the visible referent (the window), to the invisible subject (time). Leoโ€s โ€Windowโ€ project is in essence a visual diary that is sentimental, vulnerable, and nostalgic, capturing the futility of time and ultimately life.