As a student of philosophy, Barsamian became interested in the dream analyses of 20th century psychiatrist, Carl Jung. He later became interested in the zoetrope, a 19th century optical device that uses images and rotation to create the impression of animation. Barsamian is able to explore theories of dreams and the unconscious by replacing images with sculpture, creating a dream world, one that melds art, science and technology into a shadowy realm.
Taking on the visual illusion known as “persistence of vision”, Barsamian’s work, Die Falle (German for The Trap), is a large-scale zoetrope of a man’s reality in dream-time. The sculptures are perceived in real time but appear within a dream world. Our sensory world and our logic are in conflict: is it, dream VS reality or, reality VS dream?
We not only fill the gaps between the movements of the sculptures, but between the conscious and unconscious state. Familiar objects face alternative realities and Barsamian’s sculpture allows us a glimpse of the shadowy dream world that we want to escape from - The Trap - by bringing it into our waking perceptions. Rationality is left behind and we descend into a world of uncertainty, perceiving the fine line between reality and illusion.
Barsamian’s most recent commission was for the world’s largest private collection at David Walsh’s Museum of Old & New Art, Tasmania. He has works in collections worldwide including, ICC (Inter Communication Centre) in Japan and Kinetica Museum.