Solo exhibition at Kalfayan Galleries 20 September 2018 to 20 October 2018
Residual Histories examines printed books as sculptural objects which hidden layers of information. These symbols of history, imbued with the weight of culture and authority, are both unique and reproducible. Avakian devises a series of protocols, procedures, and rituals to extract and bring to light their many hidden layers of incidental inscriptions and markings reminiscent of a palimpsest. Not only does he reveal these layers, but in his installations he separates them from their previous form and converts them into new sculptural fossils.