Kyiv . Ya Gallery Art Center
16.02.2011 – 14.03.2011
A Latin sentence borrowed by a Lviv artist for a title of his exhibition is now called to revive in the "collective unconscious" of the spectator, the personas and dilemmas that persistently accompanied every stage of the Western culture's development - from biblical stories - to the birth of the image of a new person during Renaissance. In the artistic paraphrase of the Book of Books - humans in contemporary decorations are obliged to perform the roles of their ancestors - to pray, to sacrifice themselves or their fellowmen... "No quest or answers, only articulation to tradition" allows the "old new master" create an impression of degradation that corrupted human spirit in the "times of volatile progress". When traditional human values are questioned a feeling of permissiveness emerges and becomes yet another illusion of the civilization. And the artist has nothing left to do but to appeal to the ancient times when the order of things seemed eternal and unchangeable.
Though the original concept of the exhibition suggested addressing religious morals, in the process of accumulation of visual imagery the idea of the exhibition transformed. From "Vanity" that must have become an illustration of the biblical idiom of "vanity of vanities" Ravskyi turned to the current problem of the contemporary society - absence of spiritual reference points that is posing the new threat of cultural extinction. For what it's worth, "I Believe", even when the object of faith remains unknown.