Portrait of a Famous Artist
29.09.2010 – 26.10.2010
Independent and prolific Andriy Sagaydakovskiy opens his own little world in Ya Gallery Art Centre. It is a world of an artist where everyday ordinary items turn into objects of ivestigation and admiration. Happiness exists! Here and now!
Unfailing smile that accompanies «Portrait of a Famous Artist» is Sagaydakovskiy's signature sign. As well as habits of signing his paintings with child's handwriting or painting on old carpets. This time search for happiness lead the artist to himself and made him look back at his predecessors - Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Andy Warhol. Each of them was an inimitable creator of his own «artist myth». Somewhat in a documentary manner, somewhat with irony Andriy Sagaydakovskiy places among the self-portraits an ear, a «half-god» and... bulls. Meaning, life is «what it is», and an artist cannot make up more than what he is.
In order to deconstruct the artist myth Sagaydakovskiy brought in not only his painted carpets, but also parts of his Lviv studio - a chair, shoes and a jacket that compose his everyday life. Though Jimmi Hendrix portrait that watches over Sagaydakovskiy's studio in Lviv like an icon is not a part of this collection, it gave a start to the search of images and objects to recreate a universe of a «famous artist» in one space. A universe where usual items acquire new forms, and unusual ones equal routine. This way the world is seen by children and... artists.
To prove his status as a child in relation to the world the artist poses naïve and at the same time complex questions: who holds the sky and how to be happy? And while these questions remain unanswered, the happiness investigation goes on.