• Exhibition “PIER” by IEVGEN PETROV

    Date posted: March 23, 2015 Author: jolanta



    Exhibition “PIER” by IEVGEN PETROV, 2013-15
    Hyperrealistic series of watercolors and sculpture.

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    Any crisis, a chronic one in particular, provokes a reaction. An
    artist is not an exception to this. For Petrov, this reaction is
    embodied in the project “Pier” which he started back in 2013.
    Under these extremely difficult circumstances there was no
    surprise in the choice of the topic.
    Petrov believes that as long as the language of description of
    Maidan and the war is not established and is only expanding its
    vocabulary, the artist’s reaction to these topics is secondary and
    cannot be more relevant that the events themselves; moreover,
    it resembles illustrations to a cheap magazine which does nothing
    to contribute to emergence of this language. Petrov prefers to
    abstract. And the pier is a perfect place for that.
    Over a long period of time of working on the project Yevgen
    noticed that increasingly more people appeared on the pier. The
    pier, in fact as before, remained the main free attraction and the
    scene of beach performance; now it has replaced a confessional
    and mediation mat for people, and Petrov himself replaced the
    usual story component focusing on an inanimate object for the
    first time.

    People are considered in the same ontological plane with seagulls,
    waves, tires, and ice blocks. In the “Pier” Petrov builds an orbit
    with many different equal actors where the pier is central. And
    while we are watching interactions of real object behind the
    curtains slightly opened by Petrov, we start to perceive this rough
    piece of concrete burnt on canvas with watercolors as a sensual

    Geller Sasha

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