March 3 – July 29, 2011
April 7, 2011
Artists in Dialogue Curator Marina Press will moderate a discussion about identity and the city with artists Andrey Borodulya, Vladimir Davidenko and Anton Trofymov. Cupcakes will be served.
Film Screening: Yuriy Gavrilenko's Friends My Ass (2002, 44 minutes).
7:30pm - 8:30pm
'Friends My Ass' is a riveting psycho-thriller documenting the lives of seven Russian video artists in New York. The film is produced with eye-popping special effects and compelling drama of Russian tusovkas. It profiles a corporate soldier, an eclectic dancer, a Euro-trash intellectual, a fashion fanatic, a lip-syncing sensation, a thinker about buttons and a man so mysterious that even his friends wonder whether he has any women. The film ponders such issues as friendship, sex, global terrorism, garbage management, fashion, alcohol and nostalgia. It's honest, funny and pleasing to the eye with luxurious places and ravishing costumes. Producers: Yuriy Gavrilenko, Slava Solganik, Andrey Koltchanov, Igor Nourgaliev, Dmitry Povolotsky, Dmitriy Rozin and Vasily Strela.
BAC Gallery presents:
3 Points Define a Surface
March 3, 2011 - July 29, 2011
A group exhibition of works by draughtsman Andrey Borodulya, painter Vladimir Davidenko and photographer Anton Trofymov, curated by Marina Press. All three artists were born and raised in the former Soviet Union, immigrated to the U.S. and now reside in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn where they have found greater artistic freedom. The artists experiences of assimilating into a new society are evident in their work. It embraces pluralism as it investigates shifting cultural identities.
Marina Press is an independent curator and an Associate at Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery. She has a B.A. in Art History from Pace University and is currently working on her M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies at the City College of New York. Born in 1984 in Kiev, Ukraine she immigrated to Brooklyn in 1991 where she was confronted with the new city, a new life and a new identity. She continues to explore all these aspects in her research.
Andrey Borodulya, currently a draughtsman and textile designer, was born in Kherson, Ukraine where he worked as a nautical electrician at the Kherson Shipyard after graduating from the Kherson Maritime Academy (formerly the Lt. Schmidt Nautical College). His fascination with the patterns of wires led him to switch careers in the early 1980s. He graduated with a degree in Book Illustration from the Kiev Polygraph Institute. Before immigrating to the United States in 1992, he worked for various Ukrainian publishing houses illustrating Children's books. He has participated in several group exhibitions under the Soviet regime such as Young Artists of the Ukrainian Republic at the Central House of Artists (Kiev, Ukraine, 1987) and Eruption at the House of Architects (Kiev, Ukraine, 1990). Currently, Borodulya travels frequently between New York and his hometown.
Vladimir Davidenko is an academically trained artist, born in Kiev, Ukraine. He received his B.F.A. in 1983 in Industrial Design from the National Institute of Design and Crafts (formerly the Kiev College of Industrial Arts). In 1987, after working for various performing arts outlets in Kiev, Davidenko began a career as an independent fine artist, children's book illustrator and decorative painter. In 1991, Davidenko arrived in New York City to begin a new life. Immediately he began to produce hundreds of paintings, murals and portrait commissions. He also participated in a myriad of group and solo exhibitions including the Russian Art Festival at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (Brooklyn, NY, 2000), All You Can Eat at the OMYA Gallery (New York, NY, 1994), and Point of View at the Pleiades Gallery (New York, NY, 1992). In addition, Davidenko designed the book cover for America by Franz Kafka (Kyiv: Krytyka, 2009), a poster for La Mama Theatre production God's Comic (2003) and a book cover and illustrations for 38 Poems about New York and Something Else by Vasyl Makhno (Kyiv: Krytyka, 2004). A present-day renaissance man, Davidenko's poetry has been published in the international literary journal Kreschatik.
Anton Trofymov was born in Kiev, Ukraine where he worked as a music video director and as an assistant director at The National Cinematheque. He produced numerous short documentary films. After immigrating in 1999, his creative interests shifted in the direction of photographic processes. Trofymov, who uses Hasselblad and Linhof cameras, develops silver gelatin prints in his own darkroom. For this exhibition, several C-prints will be on view. His photographs are in private collections and galleries in Ukraine, Austria, Switzerland and Canada. He has exhibited in various group exhibitions including The Odessa Biennial at the Odessa Museum of Modern Art, Ukraine (2010) and a recent exhibition at Chair and the Maiden Gallery (New York, NY). His work was recently included in the Contemporary Photography Auction at Phillips De Pury in London.
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