The Voloshyn Gallery is pleased to present Above Me, a solo exhibition of painted works by Anna Mironova.
“Gazing at classical compositions on plafonds with biblical and antique subjects you think over the main idea of this type of monumental painting. Why is it namely ceiling painting? What’s its basic purpose? Apart from such obvious issues as aesthetic and perceptual aspects, maybe, there is some fundamental universal idea, maybe, there is something lying on the surface?
When you enter a temple the first involuntary act is looking up. Maybe, exactly this instinctive move underpins the main idea? To force a person to take his eyes off the ground!
In everyday life, with its pace and fuss you hardly ever or never at all look up, mostly focusing on the things in front of you or under your feet. The upper level of the city with its fabulous facades of older architecture remain unnoticed. We don’t detect the graphs of electric wire intersections and sophisticated made by nature itself laces of leaves from the treetops.
A situation obtained is .. There is a kind of division across a city. It’s like two dimensions: one is where you exist and which you know and the other is the unfamiliar parallel world.
The project “ABOVE ME”, of course, isn’t much about a city and architecture. Floral elements with which the laces at my works are “woven” are here to remind me first of all that regardless of life circumstances, at least, one should at times remember that there is the sky.”
When approaching Mironova’s works, art historian Halyna Skliarenko writes: “…Almost the main theme of the works of the Kyiv artist Anna Mironova is the theme of a “small” world of nature with all the herbs, leaves, branches, traces on sand and soil that move to a “big” world of the Universe. The works of the artist who’s in love with Japanese poetry its own way interprets her established aesthetic categories among which there are “ephemerality”, “changeability”, “story about the world that is slipping away”, “patina”, “traces of time”, interest in representation of that special state of soul when a person feels the value and fragile changeability of each fragment of existence. It’s like Basho:
On a bare branch
A crow has stopped
In this world there are no open emotions, he says about feelings, about anticipation, about things “that have the depth but not superficial clarity”... The artist bases her compositions on the combination of fragments, on formally-plastic metaphors, on contrasts of the “big” and the “small”. Her works are remarkable for specific poetic vision, “sensual experience of lines and forms”. …There is an idea that poetry doesn’t come until it’s needed. But as soon as an artist for whom poetry is the way of interaction with the world appears, it is back again. Every time it’s different… “.
Anna Mironova was born in 1977 in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2007, she graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture under the guidance of professor A. B. Chebykin. Since graduation, Mironova has been a member of the Ukrainian Designers Union. She’s been a participant in numerous exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad since 2002. She works primarily in painting, graphics, and photography. According to Forbes, Mironova is one of 25 the most successful representatives of contemporary art under 40. She currently lives and works in Kyiv.
Voloshyn Gallery was founded in 2006 by Max and Julia Voloshyn. The Voloshyn Gallery , located in the cultural and historical center of Kyiv, is a gallery of modern and conceptual art, and a platform for artistic experimentation, research, and social projects. Established to further the promotion of Ukrainian artists locally and internationally, the couple strive to represent Ukrainian art abroad, to further its integration into greater European and world culture. In February 2014 Max and Julia presented Ukraine. The archetype of freedom at Vienna’s Novomatic Forum. In April 2015, they organized the first Ukrainian art tour to the island of Cyprus titled MAKE ART NOT WAR. In 2015, Max and Julia organized the project of Ukrainian artists in New York, which took place in the Ukrainian Institute of America. During the preceding year, the Voloshyn Gallery had been presenting artists in Miami, New York, and Switzerland through SCOPE Art Show, a satellite of Art Basel and The Armory Show.
Max and Julia Voloshyn actively support contemporary Ukrainian artists. In 2015, Forbes listed Max and Julia among the top 30 Ukrainian art collectors, and are the youngest in this ranking. The same year, Forbes again counted Max and Julia among the 30 most successful Ukrainians under 30 years of age.
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