Peter Sarkisian, ‘Golden Drain #2’, 2011, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

In Drain, animated rivulets of black sludge trickle across a decaying landscape toward a sparkling drain, which swallows the secretions without ever becoming tarnished or less vibrant. As the drain remains a shimmering and seductive focal point, almost beautiful in appearance, the earth around it splinters and breaks up into a field of broken concrete shards. This decay unfolds very slowly and without detection, even as the viewer is busy staring into the hypnotic drain itself. In this way, the drain serves to symbolize our obsession with consumer objects and material beauty, which occupy our thoughts in the form of desire for coveted possessions. Ironically, the golden drain itself symbolizes our best efforts to contain and manage the waste byproducts of this material obsession, just as buying new plastic bags to dispose of old plastic bags is an ecological paradox that is practiced commonly today.

About Peter Sarkisian

American, b. 1965, Glendale, California, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico