Michael Mararian – Controversial ‘Youth Parade’

Corey Helford Gallery launches into 2010 with “Youth Parade”, the highly-anticipated new body of work by New York-based artist Michael Mararian. Returning to the gallery for his second solo exhibition, Mararian will unveil one of the gallery’s most significant exhibitions to date. “Youth Parade” challenges audiences, in both concept and context, with its controversial imagery and dark subject matter. Click here for more information.

Michael Mararian

Rendering traditionally cheerful images and concepts into frightening, yet humorous, tableaus, Michael Mararian often focuses on children as the last bastion of innocence to explore the dark humor behind social and psychological issues. What can on one level be construed as melancholy and cruel, can alternately be viewed as amusing, even charming. He enjoys letting his viewers decide.

Michael is a graduate of the Art and Theater program at the University of Bridgeport as well having studied at the Arts Student’s League in New York City. His work has previously been shown worldwide at Corey Helford Gallery and Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, Bristol City Museum in Bristol England, Galerie D’Art Yves Laroche in Montreal, Last Rites Gallery in New York City and the Antonia Fraunberg Gallery in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Originally from Andover, Massachusetts, Michael currently lives and works in New York. He attributes his inspiration to his wife Elizabeth and their eight cats – 99, Charlotte, Lola-Pumpkin, Bridgette, Zoey , Suess, Herman and Mitty-Rawlings.

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