Kyiv . Ya Gallery Art Center
Small and Big
31.08.2011 – 03.10.2011
Colors with short wavelength - and blue belongs to them - are accompanied with a general epithet "dark".
Disheartening "blue hour". This contemplative time was chosen by Svitlana Struk for spying on her characters. Flat figures of people with enormous hands rocking to the air and streetlights; a huge dog, like Zabolotskyi's horse listening to the chatter of leaves and rocks; a coat, casually thrown on a fence - they are all heroes of a nocturn. Words and things that found themselves in the night weirdly freeze on the author's canvases. "My drawings' "eveningness" is most likely caused by our proximity to the North, to winter, to short days and long nights. I tend to notice summer and sunny days much less than expressive and moody summer's end, winter and fall." But this inner sounding shades of blue and gray lead us to the endlessness of frescoes or XX century's artists' longing for spiritual meaning. And reality, curled by the brush strokes and the mutual existence of hero and background - to German expressionists. "Today I would like to tear the curtain, like skin off muscle or door off engine room, and discover the other reality for myself and the others, the one that is pulsating". Real stories from city life get stuck in nighttime melancholy and, thus, become symbolic. Svitlana Struk's colors are not to be "entered like a stable". "Perception of color, in my opinion, depends on a person's emotional state. If a stable is in one's soul, you won't enter their art with no boots on". Svitlana Struk's future exhibition is about the importance of playing with small events in a vast space, about colored characters in gray haze.
Anastasiya Zolotova, august 2011