Chimera (2014), by Stas Orlovski. Charcoal, ink, xerox transfer.
Excerpt of Stas Orlovski: Chimera, from the Issue Vol. 42, No. 4.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
September 14, 2014–January 11, 2015
For many years, Stas Orlovski was content to work in his studio making drawings, paintings, and prints. These works are delicate and minimalistic. Almost monochromatic, they fuse hand-drawn elements with printed sources (ranging from Victorian-era illustrations and pages from Russian children’s books, to Japanese prints and botanical illustrations) that were collaged or transferred to canvas. The works, whose subjects touch on the magic of the natural world as an ever-changing place of contemplation and awe, also present a sense of nostalgia for the printed communication of bygone eras. Featureless heads, exotic birds, flowers, moons, stars, and falling rain populate his compositions. The images range from nocturnal landscapes, in which the subject is illuminated by a beam of moonlight, to somber gardens surrounded by forests of carefully drawn trees…
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