A large-scale exhibition of the Western Ukrainian artists (please enjoy virtual tour through the exhibition) opens in Tatariv on February 10. A curator, art expert, director of the Ivano-Frankivsk Center for contemporary art Anatoliy Zvizhynsky gathered contemporary artists that are worth seeing in this project. “Chech (stream). Individual articulations” will be on view at Zenko Foundation art space in the Koruna hotel complex until April 2. Admission free.
The idea behind the project is to present individual art practices of the leading Ivano-Frankivsk region artists. “Our research and experiments were taking place in Frankivsk for more than 30 years and unfortunately are barely known beyond the city limits, – says Anatoliy Zvizhynsky, curator of the “Chech (stream). Individual articulations” project. – The exhibition aims to showcase individual art practices and create a certain expositional proposition for each artist by selecting their most valuable and characteristic art pieces. We aim to show the variety of their worlds to the viewer”.
The conjugation of individual artistic worldviews not connected by the “logic of sense” would create a variegated and fragmented, but nevertheless sincere picture of actual interests in the region. The “Chech” means strong and beautiful Stream. The exposition includes painting, photography, installations and video art.
The participants of the project are artists of different generations, who work and live in Ivano-Frankivsk region – 19 authors and artist groups overall.
“Art research that focuses on regional art scene allow us to study deeply the contemporary art of the particular region. This is very important task to learn Ukrainian contemporary art and culture as whole, – says founder of Zenko Foundation and Zenko Gallery Zenko Aftanaziv. – And since our main art space is situated in Tatariv, we have decided to start our art research from the western part of Ukraine”.
Curator of the project: Anatoliy Zvizhynsky, director of the Ivano-Frankivsk Center for contemporary art
Partners of the project: Fund for cultural initiatives ArtHuss, Ivano-Frankivsk Center for contemporary art, Koruna resort hotel
Participants: Yuriy Bakai, Yuriy Borynec, Oleg Voronko, Marianna Glynska, Sergii Grygoryan, Mykola Dzhychka, Yuriy Izdryk, Myroslaw Korol, Rostyslaw Koterlin, Volodymyr Mulyk, Igor Pereklita, Sergiy Petlyuk, Yevgen Samborskiy, Vadim Kharabaruk, Olexa Furdiak, Yaroslaw Yanowskyi, Myroslaw Yaremak, VJ Group Cube, Synchrodogs
Curator Anatoliy Zvizhynsky about the project:
Our artistic research and experiments are taking place in Frankivsk for more than 30 years and are barely known beyond the city’s limits until now. Just a few artists had exhibitions outside the region or in the capital (Igor Pereklita, Yevhen Samborskiy, Rostyslaw Koterlin, Olexa Furdiak), and some of the Frankivsk’s artist are rarely if ever exhibited even in their home city (Sergiy Petlyuk, Synchrodogs, Vadim Kharabaruk), but this time the topic is different. The absence of a common denominator for the potential figurants of the project serve as a proof of truthfulness of the exhibition, that aims to showcase individual art practices and create a certain expositional proposition by selecting the most valuable, the most characteristic works of each author to show the variety of their worlds. We try to reveal the tears and mutations in the discursive accents and individual artistic practices, to research the relations with the government and powers that come from “outside”. The best way to do it in an exhibition space is to present a combination of the artifacts, that in some way have influenced the author or their environment.
The exposition includes works of almost 20 artists of different generations. The time of creation, the technique, the sizes and themes are all diverse. We would only speak of the aesthetic aspect and social immersion in the context. This is a way of self-actualization starting point of the future. The combination of objects that are not connected by the “logic of sense” in one place create a variegated but sincere picture of actual interests of the artist, the diversity of their personal imagination and controversial options of aesthetics. It would fragmentarily recreate the picture of possible artistic inclinations in a separate region at the same time.
The flow of time, like the waters of a mountain stream, is careening unspeakably quick and irreversible. The dynamics of life appears to be inexorable. To snatch the moments, to document what happened or is yet to happen, is one of the joys of creativity.
The exhibition as an attempt of synthesis of adequate time models of artistic creation. On the other hand, a collective ceremony, demonstrating the facets of perception of reality unobstructed by the notions of duty, personal inhibitions or fear, and thus representing the colorfulness of the world we are living in: the downfall of cognitive and moral determinism has opened the road for indeterminacy – the aesthetic that lies in indeterminacy of beautiful and sublime.
“What are the historical forces unleashing the general indeterminacy that pervades the postmodern mode of existence? The most obvious is the process of capitalization overtaking the earth, dismantling traditional cultures (modes of determination of human nature) in its path. The introduction of money made it possible to “order” any kind of act, object, or behavior as commodity; the only morality of capital is the imperative to pay one’s debts”, – Peter Canning.
On the periphery of haste civilizational paths, in Tatariv, where everything melts in the organic monumentality of nature it seems useful and beautiful to observe the stream.