Dnipropetrovsk. Ya Gallery Art Center

The Way

Oleksandr Korol

16.05.2015 – 07.11.2015

Oleksandr Korol

Creatively interfering in the floor, the artist filled spare chinks with plants that can lift up concrete blocks while growing up to the sun. In every town its inhabitants can be witnesses of such vitality: here and there flowers push through the asphalt, and trees rise above stones.

Exhibition Dnipropetrovsk Ya Gallery Art Center

Ya Gallery's terrace in Dnipropetrovsk is a special place for open-air projects. Since the art center was established, various artists have been experimenting with it many times.

This year it was given to Dnipropetrovsk Ya Gallery's artist Oleksandr Korol who created a conceptual garden there.

In contrast to Korol's previous installation Chronos, which complimented The Noir project in an exhibit-room, The Way started from the surface itself. Creatively interfering in the floor, the artist filled spare chinks with plants that can lift up concrete blocks while growing up to the sun. In every town its inhabitants can be witnesses of such vitality: here and there flowers push through the asphalt, and trees rise above stones.

"I tried to reproduce the strength that sees no obstacles on its way. To show how a tender thing overcomes a rough one, something light can move something more heavy, a new one destroys an old one... Finally, an installation symbolizes renovation of the nature and every living creature's aspiration for life" - says the author.

Thanks to the fixation of vitality, the installation gains an original urban beauty. During three seasons - the spring, summer and fall - we are going to observe the landscape metamorphoses of the garden. And every day we can see how it merges with the city landscape in the daytime or retires against a starry sky at night.

The Way is the second installation in the history of Dnipropetrovsk terrace that used a natural material. In 2011 Olena Blank's "lawn" was occupied by ceramic pillows of The Dominant project.

Olena Yegorushkina

Author

Oleksandr Korol was born in 1974, lives and works in Dnipropetrovsk.

In 1995 he graduated from Yevgeny Vuchetich State Art School, and in 2004 - from Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv.

"With the exception of single cases when Oleksandr Korol lets himself dive into the pure abstraction, his works are populated by various creatures: from easily recognizable, but childishly, primitively stylized, to touching, unprotected, extraterrestrial (in meditative graphical or collage sheets of paper) and finally - fantasy, unreal, malformed and even horrifying. The painter may create a cozy circle marked with a theme of childhood and unexpectedly, like a child that tries to overstep the limits of permitted, - runs into the uncontrolled adult world with its fears and dangers. But there are more game and interest in this process: things transmitted from life into the plane surface stop scaring you."