Lviv. Ya Gallery
New Lviv sculpture
28.09.2022 – 27.11.2022
Authors: Volodymyr Semkiv, Denys Shimanskyi, Vasyl Hrynevych, Oleksiy Abramov
The idea of creating this exhibition came to me when I met young Lviv sculptors, whom I decided to present as an independent phenomenon that is gradually growing among the graduates of the Lviv Academy of Arts. They tried to break away from social and simply realistic sculpture as a craft, which had been established since the founding of the Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1946.
The phenomenon of the new sculpture is characterized by realism, which is present in all the participants of the exhibition. Simple geometric shapes, abstractness or philosophy of spatial installations are still a rare phenomenon. Sculptors think in terms of an object, a series, and choose apt but traditional materials. It is difficult to "accuse" the authors of commercialism, lack of innovation, stiffness or distraction from the creative line. However, sculpture is a complex genre that requires a lot of resources and strength. Half of today's time will die in those who remain in the sculpture. Soon, with the arrival of new generations of artists and the onset of epochal changes, another process of transformation of Lviv sculpture will take place. But at this exhibition we are talking about the sculpture of today and we are focusing on the generation that is actively creating. Such exhibitions give sculptors the opportunity to look at themselves from the side and in company, to be close to colleagues, and the audience to get acquainted with a phenomenon that may become bright and self-sufficient in our modern art.
Pavlo Gudimov, curator.