Voloshyn Gallery is proud to announce its participation in the KYIV ART FAIR 2018 under the aegis of the international KYIV ART WEEK festival. Voloshyn Gallery will explore the theme of this year’s festival, Permanent Shift. Memory, Humanity, Future, through the works of five artists: Volodymyr Kohut, Mikhailo Deyak, Rudolf Burda, Vitaliy Makoviy and Anastasiia Podervianska.
KYIV ART FAIR focuses on contemporary art, and is now in its 3rd year. It will bring together 35 galleries and art institutions from Ukraine, Georgia, Germany, Denmark, Poland, and the UK.
Voloshyn Gallery booth will feature a video Artificial intelligence – Mimicry by Volodymyr Kohut. It raises the problem of artificial intelligence that mimics and contorts human intellect, relegating it to the level of automatic reactions. Artificial intelligence – Mimicry details subsequent stages in humankind's history when passive coexistence with technological progress would turn humans into a mere blip in the data sample, destroying the humankind's chance at independent existence as the apex being. Only the path of most resistance would render comparisons between artificial and human intellect impossible, whereas existence that does not follow a transparent linear algorithm would restore human individuality.
Volodymyr Kohut was born in 1995 in Lviv, Ukraine. He entered the Ivan Trush Lviv State College of Decorative and Applied Arts in 2009, and studied there until 2013. In 2013-2017, he studied at the Department of Sacred Arts and at the Department of Monumental Art of the Lviv National Academy of Art. Voloshyn Gallery showcased his works at the Scope Art Show in Miami, the USA in 2017, and at VOLTA NY in New York in March 2018. Volodymyr Kohut has had multiple shows. He lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine.
Mikhailo Deyak is represented by a minimalist landscape from the Space series. The title could refer to outer space, but the artist himself favors the broader meaning of the word. Rather than trying to force his opinions or visions on the audience, Deyak expects the viewers to enter into a dialogue with the works and with themselves. The most striking feature of the series is the fact that the artist painted it on glass. The choice of the medium is hardly random: Deyak grew up in the Transcarpathian Region, the land long known for its proliferation of unique techniques, including iconography on glass. Obviously, this informed the artist’s sensibility, encouraging such experiments with materials.
Mikhailo Deyak was born in 1984 in the village of Zolotarevo (Khust District, the Transcarpathian Region). He studied at the A. Erdeli Uzhhorod Art College in 1999-2003, and at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2003-2009. Voloshyn Gallery has an exclusive contract with the artist, and over the course of this 3-year-long cooperation, Deyak's works have been exhibited at several international art fairs, including VOLTA NY, the Scope Art Show in Basel (Switzerland), Miami and New York. 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 lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The Czech artist Rudolf Burda will exhibit a sculpture Pink Mist, highly evocative of a cosmic object or of the human understanding of the structure of a galaxy. Dynamic unity in relations with fundamental existential notions is the underlying concept of all his works. This spherical object might seem contained in its composition, but it manifests a clearly legible spatial and voluminous aspect.
Rudolf Burda was born in a Central European industrial town of Mladá Boleslav (the Czech Republic). After an internship in California (the US) in 1992, he founded his own art studio in the Czech Republic in 1993. He developed an interest in glass in 2010, and proceeded to create glass objects and sculptures. Although glass remains Burda’s primary material, he often combines it with silver and stainless steel in his works. His works can be found in many collections across the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, and in the Middle East.
The Mechanism of Consciousness by Vitaliy Makoviy consists of six interconnected mechanisms and symbolizes the dialectically defined mutual transformations of objects and phenomena in nature, expressing the art fair’s theme of Constant Shift. The very title of his work evokes serious reflection on continuous and indelible changes in the consciousness of both individuals and society at large. The artist avoids evaluations, sticking to documenting the visible and the apparent.
Vitaliy Makoviy was born in 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He studied at the Department of Painting of the T.H. Shevchenko State Comprehensive Art School in 1995-2001, applied to the Department of Environmental Design of the Kyiv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Art in 2001, and graduated from it in 2006. He is widely exhibited, including large-scale installations co-created with Iurii Sivirin for GOGOL FEST 2016, group shows at the Chocolate House (a branch of the National Museum “Kyiv Painting Gallery”), the Odessa Museum of Contemporary Art, and installations for Brave! Factory Music Festival. He lives and works in Kyiv.
The large-format embroidered collage A Perfect Day by Anastasiia Podervianska blends several divergent aesthetic programs, including cosmopolitan urbanism and folkloric motifs. The intersection of Ukrainian decorative art and ethno-romanticism with comics elements produces a space filled with symbols and riddles that expands our interpretation of reality, lending the work cross-cultural importance and helping it to transcend archaic traditionalist readings.
Anastasiia Podervianska was born in 1978 in Kyiv, Ukraine, in the family of artists. She graduated from the T.H. Shevchenko State Comprehensive Art School in 1996, and from the Department of Monumental Art of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (advisor: Academy of Arts member Mykola Storozhenko) in 2002. A member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 2002. Podervianska’s works can be found in the Eurolab Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ukraine, as well as in private collections in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Macedonia, and the USA. The artist actively participates in shows and residencies. She lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Founded in October 2016 by Max and Julia Voloshyn, Voloshyn Gallery specializes in contemporary art. It showcases a broad range of media in contemporary art, hosting solo and group exhibitions.
Voloshyn Gallery fosters the integration of Ukrainian art into global cultural processes, representing its artists at international art fairs and shows in Europe and the US.
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Its cutting-edge exhibition space is located in Kyiv’s cultural and historical center, on Tereshchenkivska Street, in a historic 1913 building formerly owned by a renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist N.A. Tereshchenko. The collector and philanthropist Bohdan Khanenko bought the building for his wife Varvara, renovating it as a revenue house. Its second floor was envisioned as an exhibition and storage space for Khanenko’s expanding museum of fine arts.
Maksym and Julia Voloshyn have been active in the art business since 2006. Their first gallery, Mystetska Zbirka Art Gallery, specialized in classical and post-war 20th century Ukrainian art. In 2015, the Voloshyns made it to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
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