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Studio@620 to exhibit works by emerging artists plus one artist's perspective on life since 9/11
St. Petersburg, FL (August 3, 2016)
The Studio@620 will host concurrent exhibits August 19-September 23, 2016
Emerging Artists: Emily Schadow and Konstantin Chinkov will be featured in the front gallery at The Studio@620. “Hashtag” by Emily Schadow consists of several large format acrylic paintings that serve as a cultural critique in reaction to current events and social media platforms. “Two and a Half Dimensional” by Konstantin Chinkov is an assortment of watercolor, wood block, and digital media inspired by world cultures ranging from ancient Aztec to Japanese Ukiyo-e.
Never Forget: 15 Years Later by Jeff Wilcox will be presented in the intimate setting of the Ellis Gallery. Journey through time via this one person perspective on life since 9/11 as you view a series of interlocking mixed media works.
Opening Reception for all exhibits will be held on Friday August 19, 2016 / 6-9 PM
Admission is free and open to the public. Additional gallery hours available by appointment, please call The Studio@620 of?ce to arrange a visit 727-895-6620.
About the artists:
Hashtag by Emily Schadow
"Citizens of contemporary society have intellectually regressed to a state of being critically dependent on social media platforms to feed them information on the current state of the nation and the world. The Hashtag series is my comment on the embarrassingly narrow bottleneck through which my generation processes and comprehends important issues. In light of the coming presidential election and disturbing international turmoil, Hashtag satirically identifies historical and present-day individuals -- who have used power and coercion to divide, discriminate, or destroy-- through the unsophisticated, credulous language of social media."
Two and a Half Dimensional by Konstantin Chinkov
As an artist who paints or draws, rather than sculpt, you are fairly limited to the amount of dimensions at your disposal. That is why it’s always impressive when an artist can immerse the audience in an image they've crafted; as if there is a small window to another dimension that shows depth, form, values, and all other elements and principles of art that- for a second-help transport you into the mind of that artist. The artist can choose to make their work appear as realistic as they'd like, or as flat and two dimensional as possible.
Even though I greatly enjoy viewing very realistic images, I've always been more partial to the appeal of flat, two dimensional ones. Such as: hieroglyphs, Celtic knot-work, tribal paintings, Ukiyo-e art, and anything that has vibrant colors and a flat feel to it. However the images that always leave the biggest impression on me are the ones that have that awkward two and a half dimensional feeling. Specific works of art that have influenced me are: the story of eight-deer tiger-claw; which is a deer skin codex of an 11th century Aztec ruler and the story of how he came to power, 17th century images from Japanese artist that portray the “floating world”, and Egyptian hieroglyphs.
In these images onehas a basic understanding what's going on, but can't shake the feeling that something is slightly odd. This is the feeling I have whenever I think about life and this type of art tends to be the most accurate in manifesting these concepts. For example: the way that a samurai might be holding his sword, or the way Egyptian figures are always depicted to be staring right at you even when in profile view. These are great examples because when you glance at them you know what they are, but when you examine them closer, you realize that it’s not how things would appear in real life.
This is the approach that I take in making my art. I enjoy placing figures awkwardly in the two dimensional world, and occasionally have things overlap or move at an angle that creates almost a two and a half dimensional feeling; where it takes a second for the viewer to realize what exactly is going on. Included in these images I often place vibrant colors and many patterns, which add to the confusion. Patterns, I think, are very important in every aspect of life. Regardless of the field, be it the arts, or science, or mathematics, or nature, patterns are pivotal in understanding the world around us. In fact our brains like patterns so much that they will often create them even if there are none actually present. One of the goals of my art is that you have to look at the chaos for a little while before you see the order. When you finally get there, you realize that there is a story behind every one of the pieces. My art is my main outlet for showing things that I think are silly in our society and with the nature of humans. I use a lot of symbolism to get my point across. The main method for creating my art is traditional wood block printing, and occasionally water color paintings. I like the wood block printing process because there's many complex elements to it, but when they all come together the finished process is well worth the time spent. The process itself is a big pattern, so it's always funny to me to think that I am using a pattern that I've designed in a process where the whole system is a pattern to make a pattern of images where every individual one is ever so slightly different than the previous yet similar enough to notice the pattern. Another reason I very much enjoy making prints is the fact that you can make a lot of them which allows for more people to have access to the same image that is still an original crafted by the artist.
The Studio@620 is a non profit arts venue located at 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg FL 33701
Visit The Studio@620 online at http://www.thestudioat620.org/ or call 727-895-6620 for more information.