October/November 2006 Art New England
Something childlike and folkloric in Samuel Gareginyan's paintings. Filled with oddball details and offbeat characters, the images betray a winsome personality, a wild streak of humor, and an eye for the unusual, likely honed during the artist's Armenian childhood.
Some works seem pulled directly from the theater of dream sleep. In Zoomer Fish, the primary symbol is a giant, piranha like red fish swimming in a blue pool surrounded by a doughnut-shaped community of clustered and isolated towers and buildings. A blue field of edgeless water and sky envelops the ringed world. From a satellite village on the edge of the ring, a dark figure rises on a ladder like structure against the bright spotlight of a giant full moon.
Inventive, playful, exotic, and shimmering with vibrancy and color, Gareginyan's characters and scenes echo the works of Chagall in their exultation of the living mythology that exists wherever there are shadows, sunshine, and starlight.