Kyiv . Ya Gallery Art Center
04.06.2014 – 07.07.2014
Not an animal and not yet a human – this a formula, embedded in the project's name, that describes Tamara and Oleksandr Babak's anthropomorphic objects painted by Tiberiy Szilvashi. According to the authors, their works originate in a sculpture from vines that Tamara first arranged in Ya Gallery in 2007. Then, in a collaborative project “Naked” Babak couple presented a voyeuristic installation where “she weaves her spatial objects and he observes her”.
Continuing the theme of progress from animal to human (and sometimes back), the artists model a series of three-legged creatures from metal and dress them in color. Unlike previous collaborative projects where different objects of both authors were compared on the scales of “female – male”, “volumetric - graphic”, Tamara and Oleksandr unite their vision in the figure of Zoo Antropo (Greek for “animal”, “human”). Whereas Szilvashi, acting for both artists as a necessary “third view”, includes a chromatic element in the exposition. Such unusual approach for independent artists gives birth to an original trio that voices fundamental philosophic categories: form (Oleksandr Babak) – content (Tamara Babak) - state (Tiberiy Szilvashi).
History of the Project
Everything started according to the familiar scheme “In the beginning was the Word”, this time, it was Tamara's and her three-legged creatures woven from vines.
It is in the uncertainty of what it is and how it can be classified, in the shaky balancing between ZOO and ANTROPO that I see the nature of these things.
I always noted to myself that next to Tamara's objects the viewer obtains a special status of the “central exhibit”, the final evolutional variant, highlighting the significance of the previous trial and error.
Movement is the new quality.
For my part, I thought it important to even out the starting conditions of creating objects – it is a plane (paper or metal – not important), in proportion to A4. Depending on the this or that cutting of the plane, different variants are modeled.
Deciding the questions of color and considering the previous collaboration of two authors, it was natural to include a third perspective.
Tiberiy Szilvashi continuously works with color on volume. I showed him the paper models – and the circle closed: three views on one problem created a three-dimensional vision.