Voloshyn Gallery for the second time participates in art show SCOPE Basel, which will take place as part of Art Week in Basel, Switzerland. It is expected to attract more than 70 galleries participating from 52 cities of 57 countries. The galleries will not only present the works of their artists, but also will take part in special events that complement the daily program of the fair – its discussions, performances, negotiations, exchange of experience.
We would like to remind that Voloshyn Gallery has already presented at SCOPE Basel 2016 Mikhailo Deyak’s solo-project, and during the year period managed to take part at this art fair in Miami and New York, now the gallery is back to Basel with five artists – Anna Valieva, Mikhailo Deyak, Bogdan Tomashevskyi, Maria Sulymenko (Germany) and Rudolf Burda (Czech Republic).
During 17 years of its existence in the USA and 11 years in Switzerland, SCOPE Art Show has become a famous take-off for many young galleries and artists, due to its innovation policy and the active support of young art. It is an influential event in the cultural sphere, in the meantime being sensitive to new trends in the art market. This year SCOPE Basel has again taken a very convenient location at the SCOPE BASEL PAVILION, that is only a few blocks from Messeplatz, where Art Basel, Unlimited-Art Basel, Design Miami/Basel will take place.
Anna Valieva participates at Scope Art Show for the third time. The exhibition will present her works from the series Memories of the future and the past. These paintings are the artist’s study of philosophical questions: "What are memories? What do we know about them and how does our memory work?" – since everything in our memory was so clear and expressive yesterday, a week, a year ago, gradually escapes and fades away. Time erases sharpness and softens contours, leaving only a feeling. Alright. Then, what is time?"Anna reflected her search, feelings and experiences on the canvas of her paintings, starting a new phase by the creation of monochrome collage sketches, and got so carried away that the sketches have become self-sufficient works exhibited as individual paintings. Resembling old framed family photographs, the collages represent a selection of "abstraction-memories" that are sometimes deliberately blurred so that each viewer could feel involved pulling out from their subconsciousness similar associations. Sometimes Valieva fills the pages from old magazines with thick black paint, like things that are forever erased and go out from our memory.
All Anna Valieva’s projects are manifold: from monumental paintings to installations, sculptures and collages from fashion magazines. The artist is constantly in search, and each project has a completely new idea and implementation in the new material.
Apart from that, the gallery stand presents Mikhailo Deyak’s works of his cycles Space and Genesis (a bas-relief and a sculpture). Deyak’s Space is a series of minimalistic landscapes of restrained composition and complex color score. The leading feature of Space pictures by Mikhailo Deyak is creating the paintings on glass. It's no coincidence the artist chose this material – his childhood was spent in the Carpathian region, where the area has been for centuries famous for the originality and abundance of rare artistic techniques such as glass iconography. Perhaps all this is reflected in the author's subconscious - hence the craving for such experiments.
The two other objects belong to the Genesis cycle, that arose as a result of the artist’s sensitivity seeking for the new forms of expression. This way, a broad, dynamic and open Mikhailo Deyak’s painting technique was transformed into a new plastic style: there was created a series of expressive, abstract metal sculptures and bas-reliefs. His metal compositions express associations with certain objects or phenomena, however they are not allegorical, so the viewers can associate them with their own experiences.
MikhailoDeyak works at the intersection of neo-expressionism and minimalism, experiments with materials. Deyak's success and popularity are continuing to grow in Ukraine and on the global stage. The artist’s paintings can be often met at auctions and over the last years his objects have been successfully represented and sold at the Philips Auction. The artist is intensively engaged in exhibition activities, for example in March 2017 Mikhailo Deyak’s individual exhibition took place at Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, USA.
Bogdan Tomashevskyi is one of new artists of Voloshyn Gallery. He started as an architect, but quite soon he came to the visual and conceptual art, land art. He works in a difficult technique combining such materials as clay, ceramics and polymeric glass, creating three-dimensional installations-reliefs. As Tomashevskyi notes the movement Arte Povera is very close to him. He likes its minimalism and industrial materials.
Among Tomashevskyi’s works presented at the exhibition there is a bas-relief on canvas with clay human figurines "1+1". This work raises questions of identity and awareness of person’s self, which is impossible without the relations with other people. Each of us is original and unique, but at the same time we are similar to each other. Each figure in “1+1” is the one and only, but at the same time, is a part of the whole. If you look at it from afar, you will not be able to distinguish one silhouette from the other - they all merge into a solid pattern, abstract relief, which was formed through thousands of components. "1+1" is the project about all of us, about people and for them, about every person with his/her unique, personal opinion, will and feelings...
Maria Sulymenko’s paintings presented by the gallery are noted for both simplicity and laconicism, while also fascinating the viewers. Any movement appears to be captured in slow motion or frozen in the grey transparent air. The artist says that she didn't set any specific intended purpose or concept, that her works are not only about what she sees, but the way how she sees it, above all it is her desire to convey the atmosphere to the audience. "I've always loved the oﬃce space where everything is strange, mysterious, empty, with its rituals and hierarchies. What's happening there? What are people doing? Maybe sitting back chilling or perhaps planning to invade the universe. I am very sensitive about my characters, though they are not the most important, they are not real people, but rather impersonal - but it is nice to think that they have a life outside the painting," - Maria Sulymenko says. The works’ characters are beyond any specific epoch, they are placed in the environment, which is only nominally and sometimes naively defined, with the images referring to the sphere of subconsciousness rather than to obvious things. The artist obviously delicately and thoroughly compiles all the details of her paintings, at the same time leaving the viewer with an impression of improvisation and informality.
Maria Sulymenko was born in Ukraine, but after art school in Kyiv, emigrated to Germany, where her artistic style was formed. Currently Voloshyn Gallery hosts in Kyiv Maria Sulymenko’s individual exhibition The Glass World of People and Things..., some of her works of this cycle is presented at SCOPE Basel 2017.
Rudolf Burda works with glass and stainless steel. Burda’s art objects reveal hidden layering of clear and colored glass and remind the viewer about a ubiquitous, Universal Ocean of cosmic forces that surrounds everything. Whereas glass and crystal remain some of the most widely used materials in the context of applied arts from the beginning of recorded time and as far as the most eminent artists who comprised their works with application of glass were from Central Europe and mostly Bohemia, Rudolf Burda is connected to this remarkable tradition both by his production design and free artistic creation. The concept of his works is dynamics and unity in the relationship with fundamental existential statements.
Glass and crystal are materials that somehow reconstruct the creation of natural crystals. During their execution, minerals were undergoing a process known as crystallization. At a certain temperature the ore is still in a liquid state, and by cooling it solidifies to polyhedral shape. The inner composition is characterized by the perfect order of its molecules.
Rudolf Burda was born in the Czech Republic. In 1992 he was interned in California, USA, and then in 1993 he founded his art studio back in the Czech Republic. In 2010, he was fascinated by glass and since then is professionally engaged in the creation of glass objects and sculptures. Nowadays he primarily works with glass, but, also, often produces wonderful objects made of glass and stainless steel.
Voloshyn Gallery was founded in 2006 by spouses Max and Julia Voloshyn called Mystetska Zbirka Art Gallery. It is located in the cultural and historical center of Kyiv on the street Tereschenkivska. Voloshyn Gallery — gallery of modern and conceptual art, is a platform for artistic experimentation, research and social projects. The mission of gallery: popularization of Ukrainian art in Ukraine and abroad. Max and Julia Voloshyn actively represent Ukrainian art abroad, facilitating its integration into European cultural processes. In February 2014 Max and Julia presented the project "Ukraine. The archetype of freedom" in Vienna. In April 2015 at the initiative of the gallery the first Ukrainian art tour to the island of Cyprus called MAKE ART NOT WAR was organized. In 2015, Max and Julia organized the project of Ukrainian artists in New York. In 2016 the Gallery represented Ukrainian artists at SCOPE Basel and SCOPE Miami Beach, satellite of Art Basel. And in March 2017, it participated in SCOPE New York 2017.
Max and Julia Voloshyn actively support contemporary young Ukrainian artists and collect their works. In 2015, Max and Julia entered the top 30 Ukrainian collectors according to Forbes and became the youngest in this ranking. In the same year, Max and Julia came in a rating of Ukrainian Forbes: 30 successful Ukrainian, who are younger than 30.
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