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October 2012

Irina Danilovah

Irina danilovahIrina Danilovah is a multi-facted artist whose "Shaving Performance" art is at once both fascinating and

She cuts her hair every 4 years, on the same day (night), August 31st, harvesting it for her Braid Collection which is displayed in clear tubes. She explains, "First it was a symbolic haircut in 1984 before moving from Kharkov (Ukraine) to Moscow, starting new “moscow time”. Date of that haircut coincidently fell on the date when influential Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva committed suicide in 1942."

Braid #1. 1984-1988, Made in Russia. It was cut in front of a wardrobe mirror, at home.

Braid #2. 1988-1992, Made in Russia. First public performance in Moscow before departure to USA.

Braid #3. 1992-1996, Made in USA. Performance at the Cleveland International Performance Festival.

Braid #4. 1996-2000, Made in USA. Shaved on a trip from the Bronx to the East Village, while driving.

Braid #5. 2000-2004, Cut in Ukraine. “20 Years After” Performance at Palitra Gallery, Kharkov, Ukraine

Braid #6. 2004-2008, Cut in Tribeca. Performance at The Tank in NYC.

While each performance was created differently, some parts, developed at different times, became traditions. The last performance included a live video mix of documentations from previous shavings. She dedicates this project to all women who have lost their hair against their will.

TJ Volonis

VolonisTJ Volonis' intricate sculptures and objects deal with the physical and intangible interconnectivity of the world we live in. His work focuses on the dependent relationship between the whole and the segment and the fragile balance between order and disorder. In particular he work with patterns and structures--portraying them simply and in their entirety, or through the prism of a larger pattern. In this way he can focus on specific elements of dependency within the pattern that produces a seemingly chaotic effect. For example, a piece that appears to have a stable logic will also expose the chaos that binds it together. Conversely, in other pieces which are more deliberately chaotic, the underlying order that renders it viable is exposed.

Email Volonis for information on all of his openings - such as the Nov 1, 2012 solo show in Gowanus Brooklyn.  advolonis@yahoo.com

Eric Lindveit

Eric lindveit Eric lindveit"Like odd dream-like artifacts, his pieces create a highly accurate reproduction
that remains entirely implausible." -Robert Egert

The art of Eric Lindveit draws us to the expected - a side of wood, a tree trunk, an organic form - that soons becomes unexpected because it is not what it first appears. As he describes, "These works, built of paint, paper, burlap, pencil, and sawdust, explore the epidermal personification of surface via the petri dish of sylva and evidence my curiosity about the conception of what is real. They are not, however, intended as science. I am informed by observation of New York City street trees, often damaged and diseased, and pre 20th century hand colored medical and natural history books but I have no interest in making simulacrum of a subject one would be better served to see in the round outdoors. Rather, via scale change and invention, I am making greatly exaggerated composite portraits that combine my interests in surface, identity, entropy, and the skin of paint. They belong to the built environment."

The series "Skin Conditions" and "Sylvan Natural History of New York" are part of a growing vocabulary of smaller works that evoke displays of early anatomical wax models. As much dimensional drawing as painting or sculpture, they're inspired by an exhaustive series of hand colored books started in 1842 titled the "Natural History of New York", a thirty volume, fifty two year attempt to depict all things flora and fauna in the state of New York.

The human scaled "Parade Shields" are built on articulated box springs, singles and doubles, and sit on steel mounts 6 to 18 inches from the wall like blown up sylvan potato chips. The title refers to ceremonial objects from the 15th and 16th centuries, like Andrea del Castagno's shield "David with the Head of Goliath", that were carried in pageants, civic processions, and spectacles. Usually made of wood, painted, and even carved in relief, some Parade Shields may have been used as symbolic protection from enemies, while others celebrated noblemen's enthusiasm for classical antiquity and mimicked Ancient Roman triumphae. Art is a parade of ideas, perceptions, and symbols.

Kyu Seok Oh

Kyu seok oh Kyu Seok Oh is a sculptor based in New York who works with handmade paper. His sculptural work is organic and graceful with a hint of whimsy.

His artist statement adds - Paper is a diverse material. It can be strong like the roots of the trees from which it was made, or it can be delicate, easily breaking down and crumbling at the slightest touch. In this way, paper is similar to life in the fact that there is no sure thing. The process of sculpting with paper expresses this delicate balance that exists in everyday life.

This video showcases his project "Counting Sheep" installed in New York City's Time Square which consisted of a flock of his paper, actual sized sheep:

Hiba Schahbaz

Hiba schahbazHiba Schahbaz trained in the art of miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has practiced contemporary miniature painting for the past ten years and recently received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited her work in traditional and contemporary miniature painting internationally, in addition to curating exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. 

Artist Statement
In my recent work, I am exploring the theme of self-portraiture through paintings of family members and loved ones. In doing so, I am striving to find the balance between personal content and accessible imagery. In these works, resemblance is veiled by indirect representation, as I attempt to reflect myself in the faces of others.

Gavin Worth

Gavin Worth, is a self-taught sculptor from San Francisco, CA now living in Cairo, Egypt. He makes sculptures out of steel wire by bending them into what are essentially freestanding line drawings.  They are fluid, engaging and often emblematic.

Images of the work are located here: http://www.gavinworth.com/herback.html  In 2012, he made his first large scale work in the same vein as the wire sculptures in a town near Cognac, France. Here is a short video showing his process and the final product: