Voloshyn Gallery is taking part in the international fair of contemporary art viennacontemporary for the 2nd time, where it presents the group project of the 4 Ukrainian authors: Lesia Khomenko, Mykhailo Deyak, Zhanna Kadyrova, and Artem Volokitin.
viennacontemporary is the fair of contemporary art, taking place annually since 2015 during the 4th week of September in the premises of the exhibition complex Marx Halle. This year programme of viennacontemporary unites approximately 400 artists, who will represent more than 100 galleries from 25 countries of the world. The uniqueness of viennacontemporary is in the originality of the view of contemporary art-scene, which the organizers suggest for the event visitors: viennacontemporary focuses on art of the Central and Eastern European regions.
The new «Untitled» work (2019) by Lesia Khomenko is a continuation of the programme work of the author on the deconstruction of the figurative image and analysis of the painting elements. Khomenko lays an elastic net which pictures the figure of a surfer onto the canvas with the oceanic waves effigy. By means of irregular straining of the net on the canvas-stretcher, the author intentionally distorts the human figure, creating the effect which resembles manipulations with the graphic editing applications images. Thanks to the introduced multi-layered nature, literally laying one painting onto another, the artist models the depth of the image. Besides that, this particular multi-layered nature allows Khomenko to express “the impossible situation”, paying a tribute to its “impossibility”: the surfer who is peering into the ocean from the shore, appears to be on the same surface with the waves, that his eyes are fastened on.
Also the mount of Voloshyn Gallery will present the earlier work of the artist from the series «Lesia Khomenko and Her School» (2018) – one of the first biflex fabrics of Khomenko.
Lesia Khomenko was born in 1980 in Kyiv, where she lives and works now. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2004. A co-founder and member of the R.E.P. group since 2004, and of the curatorial union Khudrada since 2008. Was a resident of the Center for Contemporary Art at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in 2005-2006, and a resident of the Leipzig International Art (LIA) project with the R.E.P. group in 2008. Her works have been displayed in many personal and group exhibitions, including at the main project of the Kyiv Biennale Arsenale (2012), in the National Art Museum of Ukraine, at White Box Gallery in New York, MUMOK in Vienna and Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw. Lesia Khomenko is a PinchukArtCentre Prize nominee (2009, 2011, and 2013), and a Future Generation Art Prize (founded by Viktor Pinchuk) as a part of R.E.P. group in 2012; she received Kazimir Malevivh Prize in 2012 and 2016.
Mikhailo Deyak’s oeuvre will be represented by works from the «Space» series. «Space» is a series of minimalistic landscapes of restrained composition and complex palette. The artist doesn’t try to impose his vision or thoughts on the viewers, trusting them to enter a dialogue with the work and themselves. «Space» is primarily a psychological project about the inner workings of humankind. The leading feature of the series is the fact that the artist has chosen to use glass as the base/surface for these paintings. It's no coincidence that the artist chose this material, having grown up in the Transcarpathia, the region famous for its icon painting on glass. Deyak creates the «Space» series, adopting this ancient technique while modifying it to make it more contemporary.
Mikhailo Deyak was born in 1984 in the village of Zolotarevo (Khust District, the Transcarpathian Region). He graduated from A. Erdeli Uzhhorod Art College and the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv). His works map the intersection between neo-expressionism and minimalism, and include experiments with various materials. Voloshyn Gallery has an exclusive contract with the artist, and over the course of this 4-year-long cooperation, Deyak's works have been exhibited at several international art fairs, including VOLTA NY, and the Scope Art Show in Basel (Switzerland), Miami and New York, as well as viennacontemporary. The artist’s works often appear at auctions: over the last couple of years, five 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 has participated in the Unlimited residency in New York (2019). He lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
«Zhylmassyv (The Housing Estate) 2019» is Zhanna Kadyrova’s new installation from her «Zhylmassyv (The Housing Estate)» project that she’s been working on since 2015. Kadyrova constructs her stylized buildings of transparent plexiglass bricks. Photographs of exteriors and interiors of real residential buildings are printed on opposite sides of each brick. The project engages with the fact that the division of spaces into public and private is always provisory. Additionally, by offering the viewer a look at other people’s homes, Kadyrova questions the possibility of protected privacy.
Zhanna Kadyrova was born in 1981 in the town of Brovary, just outside Kyiv, Ukraine. She graduated from the Department of Sculpture of the T.H. Shevchenko State Comprehensive Art School (Kyiv) in 1999. She juggernauted multiple art groups, exhibitions and performances, including participating in and co-founding the R.E.P. group (Ukrainian abbreviation for Revolutionary Experimental Space). She curates exhibitions at LabGarage (Kyiv). In 2009, she created The Monument to a New Monument in the town of Sharhorod, Ukraine. She was awarded the special PinchukArtCentre prize in 2011, the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize for her Shape of Light (in Public Art category) in April 2012, the Kazimir Malevich Prize in December 2012, and the PinchukArtCentre Main Prize in 2013. She participated in many international exhibitions, including the Ukrainian pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2013). In 2016, she took part in an exhibition at Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). In 2018, her work was selected for PULSE Prize as the best solo project of PULSE Miami Beach 2018. Her works are currently presented at the 58th Venice Biennale. The artist lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The broadscale canvas «Afterimage 4» is the work from the new series of the Ukrainian author Artem Volokitin with the correspondent name «Afterimage». In this series the artist develops the topics, on which he is working during the recent years. For instance, the readily recognizable is the background which imitates the engraving print technique, - one of the trademarks of Volokitin’s works. Besides that, this series is a new attempt of the author to solve the issue how to picture the light as it is. An afterimage is a phenomenon of human consciousness that creates and retains an image of an object the gaze had focused on even after the object itself has been removed. Afterimages occur most commonly after observing objects lit up by sunlight or blinding flares. From the physiological perspective, afterimages are a side effect of an eye adapting to bright light. And yet, these afterimages are highly individual and strongly affected by each person's psychological or emotional state.
Artem Volokitin was born in 1981 in the town of Chuhuiv (Kharkiv region). He studied at the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Art. He had an internship at Antony Gormley's studio in London. He won the Main PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2011. In 2011, he participated in the parallel program of the Venice Biennale. In 2015, Volokitin's works were presented at the main program of the Venice Biennale (Ukrainian pavilion “Hope!”). Volokitin's works were exhibited at art fairs Art Copenhagen, Kolner Listе and Scope NY. He lives and works in Kharkiv.