TSEKH art gallery invites visitors to see LUUK exhibition project up to March 10, created by Luhansk region artists Yaroslav Derkach, Zakentii Horobiov and Serhii Lykhovyd. Artslooker journalist Roksana Rublevskaya tells us what to expect and how to take the exhibition.
Despite the fact, the name of the exhibition is an abbreviation for words “Luhansk” and “Ukrainian”, it appeals to deeper notions than just a national identity. Artists appeal to a utopia as a cultural problem, to a globalization and transformation of the environment into something visual and informative.
The Ukrainian society has been changing during last 4 years and an art sphere isn’t an exception. All the actions aimed at changes are conditioned not just by external pressure, such as an East conflict, but also by internal changes in the society itself. Fortunately, sanguinary times in Ukrainian art are ending. And now it starts a new art period for artists of our country – realizing their own way, destiny that depicts characteristics of a globalization epoch, its ideas and perspectives.
This is LUUK project. This is an attempt to move an accent from a war and show values of a new revitalized nation with its cultural traditions. The exposition is a presentive result of three independent authors, who created their plastic and semantic structures special for TSEKH art gallery.
The exposition can be divided into three personal parts. «FORMA» by Yaroslav Derkach is a series of metal objects. The author appeals to investigation practice, learning the nature of well-known geometric signs that usually form messages. Consequently, in «NEW OLYMPICS» artist uses Olympic rings that show the equality of continents. Derkach thinks over an Olympism phenomenon, as it is the philosophy of life and justice, the unity of spirit, body and mind, it becomes a real depiction of powerful governments on an international arena. «TRAFFIC LIGHT» and «LADDER» art objects show a utopia that has place in crisis times. Ordinary things are shown as impossible for use. The author makes theoretically existed figures, emotional states and social and political arrangements, unreal for the present moment.
In «Skhidne» (Eastern) cycle of paintings, Zakentii Horobiov thinks over not only a geographical position of a native city, but about the East in a general context. The East means teaching of India, China and Japan that is far from rationalism of the West. The East philosophy deals with mythology, as the primary form of social consciousness, and the worldview is idealistic or eclectic.
However, Horobiov investigates the informational spontaneity, connection of events and their contradictory, movement and development, unity and diversity of the world. Thus, Zakentii forms a multicultural space, where his identity is in a conflict with political and social one, partially imposed by the West.
“Martian tragedy” by Serhii Lykhovyd is a tragedy thinking about a desire for knowledge that transforms into a try to conquer earth riches, to control them and use for benefits of individuals. The author suggests thinking how the development of civilization can become its own step into the abyss. The metal sculptures of imagine creatures, that look like ceramics, symbolize the search of new forms of life and the loss of the primary one.
LUUK project demonstrates the complete art renunciation from the role of the service staff of any political forces, and even from the role of a social tutor asserting its own philosophical stands, acting in another system of artistic coordinates. Multilayer, complexity and multimedia of the works don’t make the conceptual experiment to look like a design or a marketing pattern.
Working with different planes, artists only try to embody the idea of expanding the modern notion of art, which is a message to the future, without any risk to its quality.
Text by Roksana Rublevskaya
Translation by Yasia Nikonova