Елена Окунева
Elena Okuneva

People in Sidorenko’s art serve as a tool with which the artist conveys his ideas, his philosophy to the viewer. The artist even has his own hero – “a man in underpants”, who literally became a household name, combining the prototype of an inhabitant, an unremarkable bystander, who is at the same time an demonstrative cross-section of the whole society

Elena Okuneva - 13.01.2022

Anatol Stepanenko was one of the first interdisciplinary artists. He made films, painted pictures, created total installations, was a curator and reinterpreted spaces, seemingly not intended for this, through art. His creative method was in constant dynamics, in eternal search and experiment.

Elena Okuneva - 30.12.2021

Interest in the concept of corporate culture runs through the art of Oleksiy Sai as a red line. Almost all of his works are in one way or another related to the theme of bureaucracy, stereotyped, faceless corporate system. The artist consciously chooses materials and tools that he does not like in order to convey to the viewer this feeling of inconvenience, slight disgust and recognizable irritation

Elena Okuneva - 23.12.2021

Damien Hirst entered the history of art as a provocateur, as one who expanded the boundaries of creativity. It was thanks to him that the widespread opinion that supposedly modern art “should shock the viewer” spread, however, it seems that with age, Hirst ceases to believe in it, and his last works no longer shock anyone.

Elena Okuneva - 16.12.2021

Zhanna Kadyrova uses tiles, smalt and creates mosaic objects. Thanks to the freshness of her gaze, the absence of snobbery and the ability to balance between institutional work and underground culture, the artist creates witty social-critical art without slipping into moralizing and arrogant, abstruse conceptuality.

Elena Okuneva - 03.12.2021

In his works, Alexander Zhivotkov exploits the universality of symbols: a tree, a cross, a road, the sun, a woman – a set of keys for deciphering the meaning, available to everyone. Often in the works of Zhivotkov, one can see the symbol of Oranta, or the Mother of God – also one of the most common subjects and figures in the history of fine arts, found in cultures around the world.

Elena Okuneva - 25.11.2021

The art of Ilya Isupov ideally matches all the attributes of classical postmodernism: it quotes predecessor artists, relies on elements of popular culture, operates with personal experience and subconsciousness, responds to the current agenda and, most importantly, does everything with irony

Elena Okuneva - 18.11.2021

Against the background of disputes and discussions about the value of the historical heritage, as well as what this heritage is, important projects are born, one of which is a large-scale interdisciplinary collaboration called Ukrainian Constructivism – various areas of contemporary art in the broadest sense of the word.

Elena Okuneva - 11.11.2021

The work of Borys Firtsak is a reflection of his life path: the rich geography of the author was mixed in it, where each region brought its delicate aspects, and no less rich biography of the artist, in which there was a place for different occupations, “Roots” and “Wings” displayed in powerful and fresh painting.

Elena Okuneva - 04.11.2021

Yoko Ono is a woman everyone knows about, but few know what she really does. Ono said, “Artists should stop creating new objects – the world already has everything.” Indeed, the artist will never create new objects in her works, she will always use ready-made things.

Elena Okuneva - 28.10.2021

In his approach to art, Konstantin Reunov tries to “reconcile” elite and mass art, using recognizable images of popular, replicated culture such as pop stars, TV channels, and tabloids. The artist believes that if the widest stratum of the population is introduced to high art, qualitative changes in the life of society will not be long in coming.

Elena Okuneva - 21.10.2021

Fripulia is an idea that does not have an exact designation, but combines the most important categories for an artist: striving for space, boundlessness, upcycling (as we would say today). Fripulia became a code word describing both Tetyanich and his artistic mythology.

Elena Okuneva - 14.10.2021

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