Two Generations of Artists – Art Show at the Museum of Russian Art

“Figures. Relationship” is an exhibit by Elena Kruchkova and Boris Kuznetsov.

“Kaleidoscope: Distant Reflections” is an exhibit by Sasha Kuznetsov

Opening Reception with Live music
Friday, June 14th, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information contact: 914-656-7510
Elena Kruchkova and Boris Kuznetsov, a wife and a husband team, are both artists with a classical European and American artistic education and background, studied art in Mukhina Art Academy (St Petersburg) and in the School of Visual Arts (New York City). They met in 1982, got married in 1987 and have three children.

Elena Kruchkova‘s work is very emotionally charged, her goal is to have every painting convey both a pure and joyful sense. Her major influences are Matisse, Klee and Calder. Her art is very dynamic, object descriptive yet imaginary and mysterious. The batik paintings in the show display Elena’s fascination with the extraordinary qualities which pertain specifically to painting on silk: fluidity, translucency and vibrancy.
Works of Elena Kruchkova are in private collections in US, Russia and Germany.

Boris Kuznetsov is experimenting with styles which go back to the turn of 20th century art. His paintings are more about structure and geometry, color distortion and graphic balance. Marino Marini, Andre Lhote (Ihote)and Raoul Dufy are the names which the artist most closely associates with. The current exhibit represents his search of abstract in nature, a step of departure from reality into a dream of nonobjective and imagery, balanced with classic composition and aesthetics. Works of Boris Kuznetsov are in private collections in US, Russia and Germany.

Sasha Kuznetsov is a New York-based artist who graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. The exhibit features a comprehensive series of the artist’s recent oil paintings, ranging from mythological interpretations to pure abstractions. The entirety of the show focuses on the theme of the Kaleidoscope: a relatively modern concept whose etymology derives from ancient Greece (literally translating as observer of beautiful forms). The etymology of the object, as well as its function (rotating a set of infinitely reflecting constants/beads in order to arrive at a visually pleasing yet unexpected image) communicate Sasha’s artistic process; his relationship to creating.
In his explorations of mythology Sasha treats the traditional legends and texts as if they were the beads of a Kaleidoscope, meant to be tampered with and reconsidered from different angles: the conventional roles of monsters and heroes in his paintings therefore attain an air of ambiguity; their agency is reflected upon from a modern standpoint and is questioned. The pieces without a specific narrative to them meanwhile also refer back to the Kaleidoscope, but in a different way- the play of light within a Kaleidoscope and its refracting mirrors yield atmospheric and geometric landscape abstractions, seemingly uninhabited, yet alive and pulsating.

Lena, Boris and Sasha founded Art Studio 5005 which offers art classes and workshops for children, teens and adults. They work with children and adults of all ages and all levels in NY/NJ/CT.

And in the gallery downstairs you will find the art of Yelena Kimelblat who never painted before in her life and couldn’t even imagine that she would start. The root of her creativity stems from a desire to live a long life free from unhappiness, a life for the Here and Now. She was inspired to take a brush and paint by her friend, The People’s Artist of Ukraine, Mikhail Turovsky. Inspiration is contagious – once inspired you are capable of anything. – paraphrased from Yelena’s website.

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For more information please call: (914)656-7510

MoRA museum is located at:
80 Grand str, Jersey City, NJ 07302

June 5th – June 30th.

Hours for the museum in June:
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and by appointment