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        icons \ ideals


Marco Grassi (IT), Marinda Vandenheede (BE), Misha Alekseenko (UA), Serhiy Popov (UA).

Curated by Serhiy Popov (UA).


Contemporary non-objective and reductive artists create their works using limited set of visual categories such as a line, a shape, a color, a plane, an object, a space, emptiness etc.

Like letters in the alphabet, these visual categories have their own universal abstract images - representations used by artists as visual elements in their imagination.

Picking an element or a combination of them, an artist develops an original configuration (a concept) in compliance with the original idea or based on a sense, on intuition. Using that configuration, an artist aims at achieving a certain state that resonates from perception of an artwork as a coherent image: the sense of harmony. This aesthetic sense emerges when the original idea complies with the artwork that by virtue of its harmony and authenticity has an existence of its own.

An idea (a concept) developed in a space of abstract images-representations and harmony achieved by an artist stand before viewers as «silent» experience: observation of an artwork through vision alone rather than by reading it. It is impossible to read it using a “language”.

With no bridge of linguistic instructions, visible and perceivable images get imprinted in the viewer`s conscience and exist there as concrete icons — eidoses. Being abstract and minimalistic, an eidos as a visual representation is open to games of imagination: it can become an ideal or a prototype for new concrete icons, can be embodied in a certain idea or get a shape in something else.

Losing its integrity, any concrete thing breaks down into abstractions — icons for the future ideals.

Serhiy Popov.


“Standing still is NOT going backwards!”

The work that was selected for this exhibition is part of a series of works based on crucifixes, the ultimate icon of the culture I was brought up in. The starting point was the fact that, as I visited flea markets, recycle parks and yard sales looking for materials to work with, I kept bumping in to heaps of crucifixes that used to adorn every room in the typical Flemish household. Now, these crucifixes seemed to have lost their original meaning to the occupants of these houses, discarding them as trash or selling them off for a few pennies. Surely, the times have changed in Western Europe.
I decided to deconstruct these icons and re-use them, creating minimalist and reflective works, such as the one shown in this exhibition. Stripped of their religious meaning, the elements are rearranged and it is left to the observer to interpret and give new meaning.


Marinda Vandenheede
July 21st, 2018
Waregem, Belgium

The full version of the essay "Standing still is NOT going backwards!" in English is available at the following link.


Partners: Mikhail Bulgakov Museum.

Media partners: Kyiv Daily

Mikhail Bulgakov museum
Andreevskiy Descent, 13
Kiev, Ukraine.

Opening August 22th, 7-9 pm.
On view through September 20th.
Open hours: 10am–6pm.
Closed - Wednesdays.




 

Exhibition views.
All photos ©KNO

Marinda Vandenheede (BE), Marco Grassi (IT), Serhiy Popov (UA).


Marco Grassi (IT), Serhiy Popov (UA), Misha Alekseenko (UA).


Marinda Vandenheede (BE)
Untitled, 2017.
Found crucifixes, 40x30 cm.


Marinda Vandenheede (BE)
Untitled, 2017.
Found crucifixes, 40x30 cm.


Marco Grassi (IT), Serhiy Popov (UA).


Marco Grassi (IT).
"Empty Orange", (1 space with 2 shapes). 2017.
MDF, spray fluorescente, 35x35x10 cm.


Marco Grassi (IT).
"Empty Orange", (1 space with 2 shapes). 2017. (fragment)
MDF, spray fluorescente, 35x35x10 cm.


Marco Grassi (IT), Serhiy Popov (UA), Misha Alekseenko (UA).


Serhiy Popov (UA)
Untitled, 2018.
Found paving slab, acrylic, 10x10x8 cm.



Serhiy Popov (UA)
Untitled, 2018.
Found paving slab, acrylic, 10x10x8 cm.



Misha Alekseenko (UA)
Untitled, 2018.
Found object, 40x40 cm.


Misha Alekseenko (UA)
Untitled, 2018.
Found object, 40x40 cm.