BRAMA, October 1, 2009, 9:00 AM ET|
Artist Ilona Sochynsky Opens Solo Exhibition
at The Ukrainian Institute of America
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Ukrainian Institute of America is pleased to present a major solo exhibition by artist Ilona Sochynsky entitled "Fragments * Fetishes * Capriccios" from October 8 through November 1, 2009 with an artist's opening reception on Friday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. "Fragments * Fetishes * Capriccios", which features over 25 oil paintings on canvas in varying levels of abstraction, is the artist's fourth solo show at the Ukrainian Museum. Exhibit hours are: Tuesday ‒ Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
Of Sochynsky's work, Jeffrey Wechsler, Senior Curator at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, writes: "The paintings of Ilona Sochynsky, as represented by the several series in the current exhibition, demonstrate that the visualization of the non-objective and the natural may be marked by a surprising mutual interrelationship, and that a fascinating art can be built on the borderline of the two approaches. While this selection covers a relatively brief chronological range, from 2006 to 2009, it displays the ongoing development and transformation of the artist's vision into connected yet distinct themes, each partaking of essential aspects of Sochynsky's basic concepts of image construction.
In its evocation of vaguely organic forms – the indistinct flickerings of suggested vegetal or flesh-like surfaces in the Capriccios or the seductive involutions of fabric in the Fetishes – Sochynsky's work prods the viewer's imagination toward an animation of the abstract. In its impingement upon geometric art and near non-objectivity (see Fetish #5), this art acknowledges both the underlying structure of nature and the artificial constructs of human intelligence. Ultimately, through the blending of the naturalistic and the abstract, the ongoing stylistic progression of Sochynsky's art offers both stability and transformation, and an art of intriguing effect."
About the artist
Ilona Sochynsky is a prolific fine artist, graphic designer and educator. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University School of Art, Sochynsky has been exhibiting her works in a multiplicity of media since the early 1980s in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Rhode Island. She owned a design firm specializing in corporate communications and has taught as an adjunct professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College. Her work is held in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of The Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ, The Ukrainian Museum, NY, and The Noyes Museum of Art, NJ. She has recently been inducted into Who's Who in American Art. Information about the artist can be found at www.ilonasochynsky.com.
Sochynsky's most recent work in abstraction marks a progression from her roots in hyper-realism and has generated critical accolades from ARTnews. She has notably collaborated with the Noyes Museum of Art as Artist-In-Residence on a multi-component community art project. The Noyes Museum of Art featured Sochynsky's paintings in a one-person exhibit in November 2008.
The Ukrainian Institute of America was founded in 1948. The fundamental purpose of the Ukrainian Institute of America is to develop, sponsor and promote through educational, professional and social activities a greater awareness, understanding, knowledge and appreciation in the United States of the traditional and contemporary art, literature, music, culture, history and traditions of Ukraine, as revealed through its people, both in Ukraine and abroad. The Ukrainian Institute of America strives to strengthen the identity and community of individuals of Ukrainian descent by organizing and sponsoring exhibits, concerts, conferences, symposia and other educational, scholarship and professional activities. The Institute is located at 2 East 79th Street corner of Fifth Avenue in New York City. The galleries at the Institute are open Tuesday through Sunday 12p.m. to 6p.m. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission fee is $5. For more information, please call (212) 288-8660 or visit www.ukrainianinstitute.org.
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