NT-Art Gallery opens the project Abstract Light by Artem Volokitin. The exhibition presents a series of paintings.
For a long time Artem Volokitin has not used the human image in his practice. The turning point was the Maidan and the war in Eastern Ukraine – the artist began to reflect his own anxieties in landscapes full of explosions and fireworks. Volokitin’s new series of works visually develops this line: landscapes move further away from the figurative, and focus on the nuances of texture, light, and shade.
The Abstract Light project explores the nature of light and the possibilities of its perception. Light is a necessary element of human vision – at the same time, its excess can unsight and injure. For Volokitin, painting is a way to reconcile with nature and reveal its properties. The artist notes: “Painting technique allows you to create the illusion of sunlight, which can be seen without protective equipment. Contrasts and intersections of rays, rhythmic repetition and nebulae fill the plane of the canvas and make it vibrate.”
Artem Volokitin was born in 1981 in Eskhar (Kharkiv region). In 2005 he graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts. In 2011 he won the PinchukArtPrize. In 2015 he became a participant in the main program of the Venice Biennale. Participant of exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. He lives and works in Kharkiv and Kyiv.