in New York State (April 2016)
March 18 – May 9, 2016
Narthex Gallery, St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Ave (at 54th Street) New York City
Opening reception on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm.
The series What Remains by Russian-American artists Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk appeal to the viewer on both analytical and emotional levels: their philosophical reflections on art drive their artistic process, alluding to the ephemeral nature of contemporary society and to the passage of time.
Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk wrote: “Witnessing the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy and the unspeakable tragedies that it brought, we started our project What Remains. The project is addressed to the themes of loss and memory. Images of empty nests floating in nowhere; fragments of plants, drawn with graphite, juxtaposed to debris of the computers; cell phones, assembled on the canvas and then covered with splashes of paint. Images are symbols of lost lives and homes, but at the same time they are symbols of hope.”
Personal and cultural memory acquire a spatial embodiment. The artists extract and elevate visual images from the past, dramatize and transform them in order to arrive at something more universal, something common to the entire human experience. Their artistic explorations and searches are very organic, being that they are brought forth by their internal need for creativity and driven by an original method of thought, giving rise to an intensely emotional condition later realized in painting and works on paper. Juxtaposition and collision of different styles, aesthetics, media, combinations of elaborate fine details, textures, and remnants of computers interweaved onto Japanese paper; the artists construct their artworks on the intensity of coexistence of opposite extremes, playing on the ambivalence of meaning, encouraging discussion of their work.
Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk have been working on the series What Remains for the last five years.
About the artists:
Asya Dodina was born in Moscow, Russia. She received an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), and a B.F.A. from The State Moscow Art Institute named after V. Surikov. Her awards and honors include the Medal of the Russian Academy of the Arts, and Project Grants from the New York State Council of the Arts.
Slava Polishchuk was born in 1961 in Klintsy (Russia) and worked in Moscow. He received an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, CUNY; a B.A from Brooklyn College, CUNY, and diploma from the 1905 Art School in Moscow. His awards and honors include Project Grants for Exhibitions, the NY State Council of the Arts, NY; The Charles G. Shaw Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting, Brooklyn College, CUNY, NY; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Nominee; Jewish Artists Awards Finalist, The Ben Uri Gallery, London.
Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk work in collaboration since 2003, they live and work in New York.
Dodina and Polishchuk have had several solo/duo exhibitions. Their solo or joint works have been featured in many museums and galleries including: International Center of Arts, Remagen, Germany, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Lithuanian State Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania; The Russian Academy of Art, Moscow; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; B’nai B’rith Klutznic National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC; Kentler International Drawing Space, NY; Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ; Pace University Gallery, NY; Brooklyn College Gallery, NY; Hunter College Gallery, NY; The Alumni Gallery, St. Joseph College, NY; Künstlerforum, Bonn, Germany; Drawing Center, NY; Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA; the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Dodina and Polishchuk solo or joint works are in many museum and public collections including: State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Lithuanian State Museum of Jewish Art, Vilnius, Lithuania; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Kolodzei Art Foundation, NJ; Brooklyn College Library, CUNY, NY; Pace University of New York, NY; Fox & Fowle Architects, NY; Safe-T-Gallery, NY; Moscow Union of the Artists, Moscow; Russian Academy of Art, Moscow; Russian Ministry of Culture, Moscow.
About St. Peter’s Church: Saint Peter’s Church contributes to New York’s vibrant art scene by hosting rotating exhibitions in two prominent gallery spaces. Exhibitions typically explore spirituality in its broadest sense, provoking discussion regarding art’s place in culture, in spiritual thought and in daily life. The Chapel of the Good Shepherd (1977) at St. Peter’s Church is the only existing NYC environment designed by Louise Nevelson (born 1899 in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire; died in 1988 in NY).
St. Peter’s Church 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St. New York, NY 10022
Gallery hours: daily 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M
About The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public foundation started in 1991, organizes exhibitions and cultural exchanges in museums and cultural centers in the United States, Russia and other countries (often utilizing the considerable resources of the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art), and publishes books on Russian art, For additional information visit http://www.KolodzeiArt.org or email Kolodzei@KolodzeiArt.org