Ya Gallery, Kiev: Artist’s Bedroom

Dmytro Moldovanov

Artist’s Bedroom

10.07 – 05.08.13

Last Days of Pompeii, 2013, oil on canvas

Unlike the author’s first personal project in Ya Gallery in spring, 2011, “Artist’s Bedroom” is a more intimate project that depicts the artist’s personal mythology through the images of his own room. However the works don’t loose their communicative and philosophic meaning. Dmytro Moldovanov continues to explore the urban space with the means of “naive” art, which has been one of Ya Gallery’s main interests since 2009. Unprofessional art, free from academism, conceptually close to art brut and outsider art in the western world, that, according to art critic Roger Cardinal, combines the naive, the primitive, the folk and the marginal.

In the center of the artist’s attention is the space of his own room, objects and fantasies that inhabit it. Deliberately or unintentionally, Moldovanov begins a dialogue with Van Gogh, whose “unprofessional” art took one of the highest steps in world art. He was an eternal drifter without permanent home, but with a missionary dream of a workshop where European art would resurrect, where friends and followers would meet. Van Gogh was in constant search of a perfect place. For a short time, a room in an old historical town of Arles in South East France became such a place. It was here that the artist created the famous painting “Slaapkamer te Arles” (Dutch for “Bedroom in Arles”, 1888). Its concept is close to Moldovanov’s project’s stylistic pursuits: “This time it’s simply my bedroom, but the colour has to do the job here, and through its being simplified by giving a grander style to things, to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In short, looking at the painting should rest the mind, or rather, the imagination…” (From Vincent van Gogh’s letter to Theo van Gogh, October 1888).
An artist’s bedroom is a space for dreams and fantasies.

Minimum of banal objects, necessary for a modest life and rest of an undemanding person.

These objects cannot be called real. Rather – they are phantoms that contain information. Surrounding the artist in ordinary life, they become reflections of past events, fantasies, desired and undesired thoughts.

One the other hand, an artist’s bedroom is an original art exhibition, where canvas serves as a base: another basis is presented on the stretcher – objects, wrapped in the canvas. As a result we have an opportunity to contemplate this “object-painting”.   

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