Curated by Jody Zellen
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Drawing on inspirations ranging from Russian children's books to Indian miniatures, from Japanese brush painting to European garden architecture, my latest work explores relationships between body and landscape. I re-imagine these historical sources to impart an aesthetic at once innocent and macabre, romantic and erotic. In this wall drawing my intent was to create a few intimate moments. Using silverpoint and watercolor, I rendered 3 landscape fragments consisting of various tree clusters. Each cluster depicts a different physical and psychological space. Over the course of this exhibition, the silverpoint trees will oxidize causing their color to slowly shift from a pale silver to a rust-brown patina suggesting a sense of loss, memory and desire.
Stas Orlovski is a Los Angeles-based artist who was born in Kishinev, Moldova in 1969. His family fled the Soviet Union for Tel Aviv, later moving to Paris to finally settle in Toronto, Canada. After completing his undergraduate work in Toronto, Orlovski attended the University of Southern California where he received his MFA in 1996. Orlovski has exhibited his work widely in the United States with one-person shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. His work is represented in prominent public and private collections including the American Embassy in Brussels, The Progressive Corporation, and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. Orlovski has been awarded fellowships to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Yaddo Corporation in New York.