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Kaloust Guedel, DRIFTER'S DAY
Kaloust Guedel – Author: Cobrahman (Source)

Kaloust Guedel (born October 31, 1956) is a Cyprus-born American artist of Armenian descent.[1][2] He is a self-educated artist and theorist. Guedel is known as the founder of the Excessivism movement.[3][4][5][6] He lives and works in Los Angeles, California since 1975.


Kaloust Guedel’s work explores contemporary issues often taking a critical stand on various societies shortcomings. Throughout the years, it has explored subjects as genocide, war, abuse and others.[8] Regardless of the styles and technics he has employed, his work has been consistent with contemporary sensibility and has reflected the consciousness of its time. Guedel is the first artist who used vinyl as a medium in paintings. He has been featured in publications like Masters of Today and has been known to explore capitalism and excess in his minimalist conceptual artworks.[9]

Kaloust Guedel presented the Excessivism movement in an exhibition “Excessivist Initiative” in LA Artcore Brewery Annex, and the Excessivism Manifesto was published in Downtown News weekly in September 2015. Downtown News, Excessivism Manifesto, September 28, 2015 page 10.


I am Volker Schunck and live in Dresden, Germany. First I was an industrial clerk, then I studied theology. Through my engagement with Zen, I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile, I go my own way. For me, faith is not a world-view but a being. It is important to me, not to live lost in thought but aware and intensely. For me, this also includes careful handling of other people. The NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which I learned during my training as a mediator, helps me with this.

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