Winter Exhibition at MoRA
Winter Exhibition at MoRA
December 5th, 2015 through December 20th, 2015
Open Saturday, Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm
Opening reception with artists:
Saturday, December 5th 6PM-9PM
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Taguhi Barsegian was born in Yerevan, the Soviet Republic of Armenia. She graduated with honors at the Terlemezian School of Arts in 1983 and Yerevan Academy of Arts in 1988. However, as an artist she matured in Kharkov, Ukraine. She has been living in the United States since 1999.
As a child, Taguhi aspired to become a ballet dancer. Although her childhood dream of being a ballerina would never come to fruition, her quest for artistic expression led her to discovering another way to express her creativity : painting. She endlessly studied and experimented with various painting techniques and styles until she developed a language that is completely her own. While she mentions medieval art, Renaissance masters and art of the contemporary world among her biggest influences, post-impressionism and surrealism also resonate with her work.
Forever fascinated with the purity and simplistic beauty of basic shapes and forms, Taguhi utilizes a geometric framework to depict her synthesized scenes of everyday life, dreams and fantasies. The bulbous cherb-like figures of her works, call to mind the focus of her earliest artistic creations, the perfect features of a flower. At times resembling a child’s toy, lost on a “neverending” tabletop, her fairy tale like scenes are not necessary as innocent as they might seem. Taguhi’s other worldly paintings tell a unique story to every person privileged enough to be in their presence.
Isabella Glaz was born in Western Ukraine. After high school, she continued her education at Leningrad Mukhin academy and Simpheropol Art School, where she studied drawing, painting and art history. Also she graduated from Lvov Publishing Academy with majors in Book Illustration and Art History. Isabella participated in many group and single shows in the Ukraine and Russia, as well as illustrated children’s books and designed theatrical costumes. In 1988 Isabella immigrated to Vienna, Austria where she designed for a small publishing company. In 1989 she moved to Rome, Italy where she continued to paint, and where many of her pieces now hang in private collections. Isabella Glaz arrived in the United States in 1990 and currently resides and works in New York City.
Gennadiy Feldman moved to US from Kiev, Ukraine. He graduated the College of Art and Technology in Kiev and worked as an artist in animation studio, while practicing painting and drawing. In United States Gennady worked on movie sets and supported himself by painting commissioned murals. He writes about his art: “I used varying techniques in my work and especially liked to use fluorescent paint. Visual illusions and luminous compositions create special atmospheres and imaginative perspectives. I like architectural landscapes and at times used architectural elements in my works”.
Sergei Goloshapov, a Moscow born artist, has rocketed to the top echelon of traditional print makers and book illustrators during his senior years at Moscow Polygraph Institute, the renown (ed) Russian art school. Many of the best 20th century avant guard artists have taught there developing the glorious tradition of Constructivism, the rich early post revolution style in art and architecture.
During his years in Russia Sergei has produced a huge body of work including numerous book illustrations, etchings,paintings in oil, and works on paper.
In 1991 Sergei moved to New York where he continued to work on illustrated books for children (North-South Publishing). The most important were two outstanding books of Grimm Brother’s tales. Later on he created a linocut print series for The Selected Short Stories of Honore de Balzac.
Recently Sergei was involved in (delete to) a major theater project -The Spiderman on Broadway – currently running at Foxswoods Theatre on 42nd Street in New York.
He was responsible for the entire cityscape rendering. Presently Sergei is back to his printmaking studio working on a new series of prints and mixed media drawings.
Grigory Gurevich – sculptor, painter, photographer, graphic artist, print maker, art book creator, and inventor—has had more than four hundred exhibitions in the United States and Europe and conducted hundreds of sculpture workshops in Italy, Denmark, Russia and the United States. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures have won numerous awards and are in public and private collections all over the world.
He received a master’s degree in art from Academy of Fine and Industrial Arts in Leningrad, Russia and was a professor at St. John’s University, New York, and a faculty member of Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts.
His bronze tableau of seven life-size figures entitled “The Commuters”, sculpted in 1985, is permanently installed in Newark Penn Station. His bronze bust of Japanese-American Inventor Kazuo Hashimoto is installed in NJIT, Newark, NJ. His book “Reflections” features seventeen linocuts, etchings, and mixed media prints has been included in the print collection of New York Public Library as well as the rare book collection of Newark Museum Library, Library of Saint Bonaventure University, and Print Collection of HERMITAGE MUSEUM in Leningrad, Russia. In April 1995 Mr. Gurevich was granted a patent on a new type of manifolding book, one of which” Numbers 1-10,10-1″, is in collection at the Brooklyn Museum and two different kinds of books are in the collection of a library at Columbia University of Chicago.
Yelena Kimelblat never formally learned how to paint. She started to paint in 2008 and art became a means for Yelena to share with others her vision of life. “Inspiration is contagious – once inspired you are capable of anything “ – paraphrased from Yelena’s website. This is what Mikhail Turovsky, People’s Artist of Ukraine, said about Kimelblat’s art: “Yelena’s paintings belong to absolutely new genre… This genre is very much understood by the people who are absolutely new in the world of visual art. Yelena has the uncanny ability to see the unexpected side of the plain and the ordinary. One cannot arrive at this place with reason and logic. Her metaphoric thinking leads her to decisions that are so far from ordinary human associations that it amazes me beyond words, one who has seen everything within my long life of creativity.”
Irene Koval, a Ukrainian artist originally from Odessa, was raised in a family of carnies (father was an engineer and performer for the circus and mother was a skilled acrobat) Irene worked in the circus as a child, performing acrobatic acts. Her childhood was as unusual as it was difficult, always moving to new places all over Russia as a part of the soviet circus lifestyle.After graduating from circus institute and officially becoming a part of the soviet circus, Irene found herself greatly stimulated by her creativity. At this time, she was collecting a diversity of skill and technique from the various art classes she was attending in different parts of the Former Soviet Union as she was traveling all over the country with her circus.
Irene had a strong passion for the fine arts and theater. From 1983 to 1987 she attended the State Art Theatrical College in Odessa and became a property master puppeteer and art sculpture doll designer. After graduation, she was participating in numerous fine art exhibitions in Ukraine and Russia. In 1989 she fled the political oppression of her home country by immigrating to the United States and settling in New York to continue her pursuit of a career in art. In 1994 Irene graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) as a textile and surface designer. She worked for different design studios but her love of the fine arts and theater never died.
Irene has been painting, constructing Dolls, and even assembling jewelry all her life. Her style and technique has transformed over the years but Irene always finds that most of all, her art is influenced by her experience as a circus performer.
Nikita Polyansky began the serious study of drawing at age 8, at the same time he was introduced to the theater. He has remained connected to the theater ever since. He attended the Moscow Art Theatre School and received his first Master of Fine Arts Degree. In a cultural exchange with the North Carolina School of the Arts, Nikita arrived in the United States as part of a production of The Seagull directed by A. Kaylagin/
MXAT Arena Stage/. Continuing his studies at NCSA, Nikita was awarded a second MFA degree in Scenic Design in 1993.
He has worked extensively on Broadway as an associate designer to David Rockwell, Heidi Ettinger, James Leonard Joy and others. For the Millennium Celebration in Times Square, Nikita designed a 24-hour living puppet parade with Michael Curry Design (The Lion King).
Nikita has continued his painting & drawing practice throughout his theatrical career. His paintings have been exhibited at Lincoln Center, the Louise Fletcher Gallery in Los Angeles, and his mural work can be found in the homes of both the Duke and Hanes families in North Carolina. His ink drawings are achieved through a Japanese calligraphic technique, which is unique in that no preparatory drawings are executed
beforehand. Though the gesture of the brushstrokes in the finished artwork do not betray it, and seem to flow with ease, the technique often requires many repeated attempts before the perfect gesture is achieved.
Nikita is working as Production Designer for Preston Bailey Entertainment & Set Design. Member of United Scenic Artists.
AlexAG Alex AG was born in Moscow Russia and for the last two decades resides in New York.
This website is dedicated to panoramic photographs, which are digitally modified to reflect different concepts and illustrates altered point of view. The artist believes that ability to recognize the existence of alternative views of the world is a key to enjoying art and the future of the humanity in general.
Alex’s works intend to discover beauty and harmony in everything: from wild nature to urban scenery. Most of Alex AG works depict urban sceneries in large cities: New York, Istanbul, Bucharest, however, large part of the collections is vistas of nature, or single depiction of people, animals and non-animated objects.
Andrey Tamarchenko is an internationally recognized artist and educator, a native of Saint-Petersburg, who recently returned to New York after a 5-year retreat in Italy. Andrey has participated in more than 50 solo and group shows in Europe and USA. His paintings are in private art collections in USA, Italy, Spain, France, UK, Poland, Russia, Japan and Australia.
Tamarchenko’s landscapes evoke the Romantic European painting tradition: emotive color, suggestive drawing and expressive brushstrokes become instruments in service to a higher vision. Subtle clarity of the painter’s intention succeeds in persuading a seemingly ordinary subject matter to reveal hidden layers of an extraordinary experience within.
“Observing Nature, I become part of the eternal spectacle of light penetrating matter and matter dissolving into light,” says Tamarchenko. “Turning within, I experience energy becoming awareness and I witness awareness as it chooses new forms to become embodied in, imbuing them with meaning in the process. It is this ongoing dialog between light of Nature and the light of awareness that forms the basis of my artistic inquiry.”
This show offers an insight into Tamarchenko’s current methods and alchemical recipes. His long-time interest in experimentation with the spatial use of texture is further accentuated by the recent addition of glazes and rough absorbent grounds. The results offer the viewer an opportunity to experience the joyous vision of an artist steeped in his own practice and maturity. www.andreytamarchenko.com
Dmitry Yakovin was born in 1969 in Vladivostok. He graduated from Russian Academy of Fine Art named after Ilya Repin /St. Petersburg/, Graphics Dept. In 1992 Dmitry graduated from Academy of Fine Art in West Berlin, Germany with Master Degree in Fine Art. Since 1992 he is a member of the Russian Society of Art. For the past 15 years Dmitry Yakovin has participated in more than forty-five group exhibitions and more than thirty one-man shows around the world, including New York Art EXPO-2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010; Art Atlanta-2003; Art Philadelphia-2004. In 1999 Dmitry became a winner /Third prize/ of the Juried exhibit of art from around the world – Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. Brooklyn, NY. In 2002, 2003, 2005, and in 2007 he had won a privilege to participate in an Annual Exhibition of Society for Art of Imagination, London, UK. Anna Rohleder, staff writer for Forbes.com, NewsDAY, Long Island, wrote in 2002: “Dali’s arid landscapes loom large in the surrealist fairy tales created by Dmitry Yakovin, suggesting Alice in Wonderland displaced to the distant future . . .” .
“Strange creatures and although both men work in the same surreal genre, Yakovin’s paintings are peopled by strange creatures and animals, somewhat rotund but often easily understood, even though they are transformed into a different reality . . .” /Mila Andre, Daily News staff writer, New York City, 2003/.
“After an analysis of Dmitry Yakovin’s work, which most directly fits into the rubric of surrealistic expression, one can conclude that even after the complex process of psychological refraction, they attract the audiences’ eyes as if by a magical power…” / Svetlana Vais, Art Director & METRO staff writer, Chelsea, NY 2004/.
Viktor Miloslavsky is an award-winning full-time professional photographer based in New York City. He displays an impressive array of variance in his editorial and commercial works, but also breathes life into inanimate concepts and ideas through his creative art photography. As an art photographer, Viktor takes pictures of popular subjects, but adds his own artistic twist. This allows for each and every single one of his images to bear a unique signature touch. His talent and ability is especially evident when he transforms old-fashioned images, such as the iconic martini cocktail, into modern works of art. After all, “The martini is the supreme American gift to world culture,” as written by Bernard DeVoto. What Viktor does in his “Martini” series is undermine this glamorous, sophisticated and expensive drink of celebrated reputation. A drink that is associated with impeccably refined people like Frank Sinatra, F. Scott Fitzgerald and of course, James Bond, becomes much more modern, bold and raw in Viktor’s series. This is only one example of Viktor’s ability to mirror the erratic pulse of a contemporary New York lifestyle in his art. In his “Baroque” series, Viktor creates atmospheric shortcuts commonly associated with a vibrant bar setting. In doing so, he brings basic items like wine glasses and bottles to life. Both Viktor’s commercial photography and art photography works display his unique and intriguing style; his skills and abilities speak for themselves and allow for Viktor to distinguish himself with ease and confidence.
Gerard Barbot was born in Paris, France and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.C. where he now resides and creates assemblages and collages. His work has found it’s way around the world into private and public collections. He is a self taught artist. He recycles and repurposes industrial debris. He is a modern day alchemist transforming the ordinary into new unexpected ways.