Black & White Gallery/Project space is excited to present works by Shimon Okshteyn from his recent series, Girls and Dangerous Pleasures.
Shimon Okshteyn frequently looks to varied sources as departure points for his work finding endless inspiration in the mechanics and materiality of diverse processes.
In Girls, he engages with the genre of portrait painting. The series offers a compelling and authentic visual experience by expanding the definition of painting through eclectic but complimentary concepts that result in rich conceptual and aesthetic organization and presentation of reality. Traditional grayscale portraits of young women based on snapshots taken by the artist on the streets of Brooklyn are disrupted by colorful patterns printed on mirrored surface on which the intimate portraits are mounted on. The precise replication of the faded photographic grays and the inadvertent markings imbue the painting with a cinematic aura that also evokes stills of silent film star Gloria Swanson with her iconic beauty mark.
In Dangerous Pleasures, he reflects on a world without personal boundaries and social taboo. Executed in a traditional genre of still life, Okshteyn employs a simple but impeccable technique of oil painting on mirror to suggest a dynamically invasive sense of self-monitoring, distortion and splintering of the self under pressure.
Shimon Okshteyn (b.1951, Ukraine) is a graduate of the Mitrofan Grekov Art Institute in Odessa. He lives and works in the USA since 1980. His works are in many museum and private collections, most notably in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Nasher Museum at Duke University, and the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Okshteyn had solo exhibitions at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, The Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia and Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (companion show to Natura Morta: Still-Life Painting and the Medici Collections). His work was included in many museum exhibitions, most recently in the Decadence Now! Visions of Excess Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic and in the summer blockbuster show Rauschenberg: Connecting and Curating at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.