GH Hovagimyan: (ANA)CHRONISMS at Transfer Gallery

Friday, 31 January 2014


Still from the HD Rants ‘Think’ 2006, Courtesy of the Artist

For Release ::: January 23rd, 2014 Brooklyn, NY


a solo exhibition from GH Hovagimyan
February 1
through February 22, 2014

An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, February 1st from 2 – 7 PM at Transfer, 3D Karaoke party to follow from 7-11PM.  Gallery hours are held every Saturday from 2 – 7 PM and by appointment with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

((ANA)chronisms++) is a pseudo algorithm. ‘Ana’ means before and ++ in code means to count or step forward – ‘chronisms’ of course, means time.

A member of the New York City art community since the early 1970s, Hovagimyan's work has spanned such seemingly disparate areas as aggressive conceptualism, performative rhetoric, culture jamming, and technology hacking. These practices are united by a single overarching concern — the interrogation of systems, whether they be systems of communication, systems of consumption, or (especially) systems of power.

For this show, Hovagimyan presents 4 works reflecting his recent practices and concerns. The works are built upon both his earlier practices and broader art-historical tropes to create an iterative vision.

Running the gamut from augmented reality to hacked antique radios, the exhibition will layer new techniques on to old technology, keeping one foot firmly in the past while scanning the horizons of the future. In his AR Paintings the medium of painting is employed as farce – simple compositions in the style of Joseph Albers act as activators when viewed through a mobile interface for a layer of augmented reality which Hovagimyan considers his primary canvas.  

Post Browser offers a physical interface that organizes live information streamed from prominent art-world websites into 3D space. The act of gestural browsing envelops the viewer in images and sound, inviting them to reconsider the information space of the artworld. Across the gallery, a cacophony of rants are projection-mapped onto country-style furniture inserting the artist’s performative past into the present moment.  The videos that constitute the piece are ‘rants’ performed and recorded in 2006, now repurposed as textures with 4 channel surround sound creating a chaotic walk around sculpture.

To complete the disorienting sculptural sound space of the exhibition, Hovagimayan presents Radio Hacks.  These antique portable radios have been modified with MP3 chips that contain unique soundtracks, locating the radios in specific time periods. The Playlists range from J-POP and Surf music from the 60's to early Rock n'Roll and New York No-Wave from the 1970's. The piece is a nod to circuit bending and reinforces the sense of sliding backwards and forwards in time.

In an art-world that has typically aligned itself with the capitalist notions of innovation and stylistic obsolescence, Hovagimyan’s work functions to both celebrate and repurpose existing forms and techniques, while still keeping an eye on future potentialities.

A full inventory of (ANA)chronisms++ work is available for acquisition from the gallery. Please inquire with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a prospectus.

Publication :::
A publication will accompany the exhibition featuring a short essay by Jane Harris – a Brooklyn-based writer whose writings have appeared in publications from Art in America and Artforum to Time Out New York, and the Village Voice. She has also contributed essays to various catalogues and monographs. Ms. Harris is a member of the art history faculty at School of Visual Arts, and also curates. She is the founder of the blog(zine),, a sample of her fiction can be read at

About the Artist :::
G.H. Hovagimyan is an experimental artist working in a variety of forms. He was one of the first artists in New York to start working with the Internet in the early nineties. His work ranges from new media and hypertext works to digital performance art, video art, photography and multi-media installations.

His works have been exhibited at MoMA, Mass MoCA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, The Walker Art Center, Jeu De Paume, MAC Marseille, MAC Lyon, Pompidou Center, Lincoln Center, ICA The Clocktower, The Kitchen, The Alternative Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology, List Visual Arts Center, La Gaite Du Lyrique, Stuttgart Kunstverein, Steim Institute, the Moscow Center for Contemporary Art, Postmasters Gallery, Pace Digital Gallery.

He has also exhibited works in major festivals and art fairs including; Art Basel Miami, Pulse Miami, Art Cologne, Split Film Festival, Conflux Festival, Video Dumbo, Scope Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair, Avignon Numerique, The Documenta, Interferences Second International Festival of Urban Multimedia Arts, Les Musiques, Marseille and Prix Ars Electronica 98 where he won an award for his collaborative work with Peter Sinclair.

His works are in the collections of The Walker Art Center, The Whitney Museum, The Alternative Museum, Computer Fine Arts Collection and Perpetual Art Machine

Recent awards include: AIR - ISIS Arts Newcastle, UK – 2013, AIR - Pixel Palace Newcastle, UK – 2012, AIR - School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Dept. 2011-2012, LMCC Governor’s Island Residency - 2010, Plazaville - 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 2003 fellowship from Experimental Television Center, 2003 TAM Digital Media Commissions, 2002 Artists Fellowship from Franklin Furnace, 2002 pilot artist in residence program from Eyebeam, NYC.
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Recent Essay: Tell Me About Your Mothers's Tumblr

Events + Gallery Hours :::
Opening Reception
Saturday, February 1st from 2 – 7 PM + 3D Karaoke party 7-11 PM [RSVP]

Gallery Hours

Saturdays 2 – 7 PM + by appointment; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3D Karaoke, 2013 

TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between digital practice and its physical instantiation. The gallery supports artists working with computer-based practices to realize aggressive installation projects within our walls.

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