December 5 – 10, 2017, 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
The Voloshyn Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in SCOPE Miami Beach 2017.
Voloshyn Gallery is pleased to present the works of six artists: Vlada Ralko, Mikhailo Deyak, Anastasiia Podervianska, Igor Gusev, Oksana Zhnykrup and Volodymyr Kohut.
Vlada Ralko, the most prominent Ukrainian expressionist, will be presented at the Scope Art Show for the first time. She often addresses the issue of identity, engaging with relevant social and political contexts. Her works are emotional and rough, painted in a contrasting and vibrant palette. The graphic works showcased at the gallery’s stand were created in 2015. Ralko did several drawings for Vogue Ukraine, commissioned as a magazine cover, but the theme of interrelations between fashion and human bodies turned out to be so fascinating that it developed into a separate project. Fashion or, more broadly, culture, affects our perception and idea of beauty. Historically, the beauty canon used to undergo radical changes every century or so, whereas now it shifts every couple of years, if not every season. Ralko’s series of drawings offers ironic and inventive reflection on ways human bodies, mostly female, are made to fit the new ideals at all costs. It’s tempting to analyze these drawings, with their enigmatic female protagonists, as a series, like a comic book: each subsequent work develops its predecessor.
Vlada Ralko was born in 1969 in Kyiv. She graduated from the T.H. Shevchenko Republican Art School in 1987, and from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (the workshop of Professor V. Shatalin) in 1994. A member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1994, she had many exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The gallery’s stand also features three works by Mikhailo Deyak, from his Space and Genesis series. Space is a series of minimalist landscapes with contained composition and sophisticated palette. The most prominent feature of the Space series lies in the fact that the artist painted it on glass. The choice of technique was far from random: Deyak grew up in the Transcarpathian region, the land long known for its unique prominence of rare mediums, including iconography on glass. Obviously, this informed the artist’s sensibility, encouraging such experiments.
Besides landscapes on glass, our stand also features his bas-relief Iron Water from the Genesis series, where Deyak’s sprawling, dynamic and inclusive pictorial style transforms into a new plastic sensibility, producing a series of expressive steel compositions evocative of certain objects or phenomena. The Iron Water bas-relief depicts deep water in the moment of stillness, with dark gray color lending the composition the illusion of depth. The metal waves seem now roaring, now calm: as the source of light changes, so does the water’s “texture.”
The works of Mikhailo Deyak map the intersection between neo-expressionism and minimalism, and experiment with various materials. Voloshyn Gallery has an exclusive contract with the artist, exhibiting his works at the Scope Art Show in Basel (Switzerland), Miami and New York (USA). The artist’s works often appear at auctions: over the last couple of years, four of his works sold at the Phillips Auction. Mikhailo Deyak is widely exhibited: for example, in March 2017 the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York hosted his solo show. He lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Igor Gusev’s series of sculptures printed on a 3D printer, Mister Nobody, is an organic continuation of the artist’s glitch paintings. Mister Nobody is semi-self-representational, because each figure resembles both Gusev himself, and the King Of Rock'n'Roll Elvis Presley.
Gusev’s recognizable style crystallized in the last 5 to 7 years. Glitch effects were integral to the video art style dominant in the late 1990s. At the time, Gusev became known both as a video artist and as an author of multiple paradoxical installations.
Igor Gusev was born in 1970 in Odessa, and graduated from the M.B. Grekov Odessa Art College. Gusev is an acclaimed Ukrainian artist, poet, performance artist, director, creatorof objects and installations, a participant and organizer of countless art actions, the leader of the Art Raiders Movement, and the founder of Norma Underground Gallery. Igor Gusev started to participate in exhibitions in the early 1990s, and represents the New Wave in contemporary Ukrainian art. He lives and works in Odessa, Ukraine.
Anastasiia Podervianska’s large-scale stitched collage Untitled combines Ukrainian decorative and ethno-romantic tradition with comic book elements. This gives the work cross-cultural resonance, helping it to transcend the traditional archaic framework. The synthesis of traditional techniques and canons with cutting-edge technologies and perspectives gives the work a novel ring. Podervianska works in various techniques, painting on canvas, planks, gesso and glass, and experimenting with textiles over the last four years. These works visually reimagine traditional iconographic motifs, transforming them emotionally and lending new meanings to canonical images.
Anastasiia Podervianska was born in 1978 in Kyiv, in the family of artists. She graduated from the T.H. Shevchenko Republican Art School in 1996, and from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, where she studied at the Department of Monumental Art under the tutelage of the Academy member M.A. Storozhenko, in 2002. Podervianska’s works can be seen in Eurolab collections, at the Museum of Modern Art of Ukraine, as well as in private collections in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Macedonia, and the USA. She participates in exhibitions and residencies. Anastasiia lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
As a part of its program for supporting young artists, Voloshyn Gallery exhibits the works of Volodymyr Kohut. His Archaic Family is a series of sketches that add up to a large composition. This is how Kohut defined his approach to art: “I’m inspired by movement, by opportunities to grasp images from the perspective of different people. I always try to document interesting situations ‘on the spot,’ with whatever materials I might have at hand: ballpoint pen, felttip pen, anything goes. This explains why so many of my works are mixed media.” Kohut’s aesthetic is evocative of the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, but it is not imitative. The artist is driven by the desire to develop a primitivist style: children’s drawings are the same all over the world, and most of their symbols are universal and universally accessible no matter what continent produced the young artist.
Volodymyr Kohut was born in 1995 in Lviv, Ukraine. As a young boy, he had a keen interest in geometry and structural engineering, and believed that a career in sciences awaits him. Despite that, he applied to the Ivan Trush Lviv State College of Decorative and Applied Arts in 2009, and studied there until 2013. In 2013, he became a student of the Lviv National Academy of Art, where he studied at the Department of Sacred Arts until 2015, and at the Department of Monumental Art in 2015-2017. He lives and works in Lviv.
The gallery’s stand also features the work Ballerina Lenochka on an Ottoman by a famous Soviet-era porcelain artist Oksana Zhnykrup, made famous worldwide this year after Jeff Koons placed its enlarged copy at the Rockefeller Center in New York. Koons’ sculpture sought to bring awareness to the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The inflatable Seated Ballerina sparked discussions: it remained unclear whether the statue was in violation of copyright laws. Eventually Zhnykrup’s heirs announced that Koons’ representatives bought the rights to the sculpture back in 2010.
Oksana Zhnykrup (1931-1993) was a renowned Ukrainian porcelain artist. In 1955-1987, she worked at the Kyiv Experimental Ceramics and Design Plant, creating designs and decals for tableware. She created lyrical female figurines, sketching them from contemporary life and literature. Her works were exhibited at republican shows of decorative arts in the USSR, as well as at international art fairs in Leipzig, Chicago, Zagreb, Thessaloniki, Turkey, and Canada. Her works can now be seen at the National Museum of Ukrainian Folk and Decorative Art.
Voloshyn Gallery is a gallery of contemporary art, which was founded by Max and Julia Voloshyn in 2006. Starting from its foundation it was called Mystetska Zbirka Art Gallery and has been specializing in Ukrainian classical art and Socialist Realism, which is an integral part of the history of the Ukrainian arts. Subsequently, the gallery has changed its name, expanded its exhibition space and proceeded to the presentation of contemporary and conceptual art.
The modernly-equipped exhibition gallery space is located in the cultural and historical center of Kyiv at Tereschenkivska Street in an old house build in 1913, which was owned by N.A. Tereshchenko. Subsequently, the collector and philanthropist Bohdan Khanenko has purchased the building for his wife Varvara and rebuilt it into an apartment house, where the second floor is intended for expanding the Khanenko's museum exhibition of their collection paintings.
The Voloshyn Gallery is engaged in the development of the artistic community in Ukraine and promotes its integration into the global cultural processes. The gallery represents Ukrainian artists abroad and participates in international art fairs and art projects. It represents works of different generations of artists, working on exclusive terms with such artists as Mykhailo Deyak, Mariia Sulymenko. The gallery is a platform for experiments, researches, social projects, for both well-known artists and those who are just announcing themselves. Voloshyn Gallery also specializes in private sales on the secondary market of the art of the XX century and contemporary art and also provides consulting services in the field of collection management service.
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