Two-week residency and solo exhibition 'Veronika and Other Bodies' at Elektrozavod gallery in Moscow, Russia.
Veronika and Other Bodies
28. 6 – 10. 7. 2018
Галерея Электрозавод/Gallery Elektrozavod
Veronika has a special role amongst the bodies. She is the everlasting muse, the dedicatedly if sometimes reluctantly naked friend, the most personal and demanded body. The one enlarged, distorted into the strangest of shapes and captured in fleetingly revealed moments. Having been my model for more than ten years, Veronika has over the time appeared in countless artworks, whether purposely or as a less deliberate inspiration, some of which are presented in this exhibition.
As any other body, however, she is soft and breakable, bends under pressure and compresses under stress. ‘Veronika and Other Bodies’ originates in the framework of a tense(d) body: the body which changes in its different states of tension and position in the surrounding space. The flesh transforms depending on the closeness, relatedness and intimacy with other bodies. All this determines how the body is perceived and represented in the frame of the paintings; the figures trying to escape the composition or trapped within. On display are also fragments of my long-term project of one-to-one painting sessions with life models, mostly friends, acquaintances and other artists, but also professional models – a rich spectrum of forms, textures, poses and voices. The individual posing sessions create intimate atmosphere, surprising conversations and sometimes awkwardness. The soft and harsh lines of the bodies reflect an element of accidental affinity induced between the artist and the model and, conceivably, convey it to the viewer.