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Yulia Voloshyna: “At the NEW PERSPECTIVES exhibition, each of the artists has shown a certain facet of Ukrainian mentality and history”

01 April 2016

Until the middle of February in the center of New York, the exhibition of Ukrainian artists "New Perspectives: 8 Contemporary Artists from Ukraine" was being held at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion.

The house, completed in the style of French Renaissance, was built by a billionaire Isaak Fletcher at the end of 19th century. The equity has exchanged several owners, until in 1955 it was bought by a native Ukrainian, inventor and entrepreneur William Dzus, also known as the 'Ukrainian Henry Ford'.

New Perspectives exhibition. Fragment of the exposition

18-year old Dzus has arrived in the States in 1913 having 25 dollars in his pocket. Lacking the engineering educations, but having the talent and an unbelievable industriousness, Dzus invented a revolutionary type of locks used in aviation. In 1932 he had opened a company to produce his locks, and created more than a hundred workplaces. Dzus has hired mostly Ukrainians to work with him. But that was not the end of William's story. He was an active supporter and promoter of Ukrainian culture in America. In 1948 the inventor has organized the Ukrainian Institute of America, and seven years later, accommodated his child in the mansion.

New Perspectives exhibition. Fragment of the exposition

The unbelievable history of the institute and its founder has inspired my husband Maxim and me to create the New Perspectives art project, acquainting the American viewer with contemporary Ukrainian art.

In this exhibition, each of the artists has shown a certain facet of Ukrainian mentality and history. In each work lays a massive piece of the identity of contemporary Ukrainian, the codes, and archetypes of our culture.

 

Roman Minin

Ukrainian Worker Archetype

Roman Minin is foremost known as the author of coal miner themed works. In the Holy Rockets, Minin shows the tragedy of the Ukrainian miner. It is not just a story of worker, it is a story of a hero. The hero, who is unknown and forgotten. The miner remains underground, but his deeds are worth the heaven. The Holy Rockets remind us an ancient icon and a social-realism propaganda poster at the same time.

Roman Minin, "Holy Rockets", 2015

 

Mykola Matsenko

Irony and Folk

Mykola Matsenko invites you to the world of symbols and allegories. Matsenko is inspired by the heraldic. He works in a self-proclaimed 'neo-folk' style. It is a mix of authentic Ukrainian patterns with pop art. The style of Mykola Matsenko can be characterized by the hutsul ornaments and clever irony on the current events. As the artist states himself, his art deals with the problem of self-identification, archiving and interpretation of historic heritage in a contemporary manner.

Mykola Matsenko, "Neofolk" and "Bugs"

 

Oleg Tistol

Paradise Lost

His palms have gained a new meaning nowadays. They have become the symbol of paradise lost. A world, that we have said goodbye to, as we do to a summer vacation. This is a nostalgia for Crimea: its hot overcrowded beaches, noisy quays, funny sellers, weird, almost grotesque combination of soviet past and modern reality.

Oleg Tistol, Palm Tree, 2015

 

Mykhaylo Deyak

Emotions of the Winner

In his Klitschko Brothers Emotions series Deyak researches the psychology of a fighter. He uses the images of the Klitschko brothers as a national symbol of the force. In his works Mykhaylo incorporates the history of the champion, his inner ruminations, his inner energy, that fills the boxer before the fight. The figures of the characters of the paintings are completely deprived of individuality, because the author needs to show not the exterior, but the mood, the soul of the champion.

Mykhaylo Deyak, Klitschko Brothers Emotions, 2014

 

Stepan Ryabchenko

The Spirit of Time

The works of Stepan Ryabchenko embody the spirit of time: the era of information technologies, virtual realities, digital images. In his bold bright projects, the artist "plays" with the space, transforming it into a new abstract environment. In his "Chernobyl" from the "Viruses" series Ryabchenko turns the invisible 'radioactive' menace of a dangerous computer virus into a piece of art.

Stepan Ryabchenko, "Chernobyl", 2011

 

Artem Volokitin

Creation — Destruction

The object of Artem Volokitin's research is the beauty of the destructive action. The moment of the explosion, the moment of collapse. And those exciting emotions, that are invoked by this sight: terror and a chilling admiration. Volokitin shows the freeing of the energy, the irreversibly disappearing beauty. He creates the images of terrifying physical events, making the human being to discover its mortality when faced. The explosions of Volokitin is a sort of living through the everyday reality, filled with aggression, the graphic background of his works remind of the etching technique.

Artem Volokitin, "Irreversible Beauty", 2015

 

Tanya Malynovska

The History of a Woman

Tanya Malynovska researches the essence of a woman — the tenderness, the weightlessness, the carelessness. In the "Easy Prey" the feathery light spontaneousness of childish desires is epitomized in the image of a cake. At the same time the composition is balanced and weighted by a "dogma", a red carved frame.

Tanya Malynovska, "Easy Prey", 2015

 

Anna Valieva

Relationships and Solitude

One of the main research topics of Anna's work is the phenomenology of human relationships, their deep nature, nuances and shades. Anna opens to the viewer a thin complexly organized structure between human beings, a way to know yourself through another person. The artist is disturbed by the issues of the evolution of human entity, solitude and the destruction of the borders after a connection with another human being. In the "Movements in Space", lonely human figures, the shadows can only lightly touch each other for a fracture of second.

Anna Valieva "Movement in Space", 2015