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SPACE DOGS PIXEL SCULPTURE BY ANASTASIA LOYKO AT MARRY ME! EXHIBITION

18 December 2017

On December 8, Kyiv History Museum opened an ironic exhibition titled Marry Me!, which was organized by Zenko Gallery. Over 20 Ukrainian female artists participated in the project. Anastasia Loyko presented her work Space Dogs where video art is combined with pixel art: shadows are projected to “pixel” sculpture.

Anastasia Loiko Spase Dogs

The image refers to sculpture by Vladimir Gulich which appeared in Zaporizhya in 2008; both artists worked on that couple of kissing dogs five meters tall together. Now Anastasia Loyko presents an object produced in pixel art style – the images are compiled from “pixel” cubes, i.e., primary components and a basic model which can be used for assembling anything and everything.

Initially, pixel images were associated with CGI, but now they are a prevalent strain in global contemporary art. In Ukraine, few artists create such objects, but for Anastasia, this is not the first time she works in this genre. “At Biryuchiy symposium of contemporary art, I presented a panel picture on tiles, Dog Barked at the Dupe, against clueless development on the island,” she says. “Besides, there were works on glass, Trinity and Mirror, created there at Biryuchiy residence, plus pixel animations deriving from them, in lino print spirit. Now I am making a series of “pixel” sculptures and dream about getting into garden sculpture.”

Marry me! fragment of the exposition 07

The video itself is based on Game of Life, a math game John Conway invented in 1970. Each new frame is connected to the previous one; the further disposition of empty and filled cells is dictated by their prior positioning. If there were three filled cells next to the empty one, it will become “alive” at the following step and will be filled with color; if there were fewer filled cells, it would stay dark. The filled cell will “die” if there were fewer than two or more than three “living” ones around it during the previous step – this death either by solitude or by overpopulation. A human can only set up the initial position (first generation); then the video will start living its own life.

You can see Anastasia Loyko’s work until January 8, 2018, at Marry Me! exhibition.