07.10—11.11.2020

A Very Personal Show

A Very Personal Show

Real dinosaurs at VDNG, a paleontologist’s body, that became a museum artifact together with his discoveries, an exhibition of sculpture in the medium of photography, a lost purse on a museum bench or a shot film roll are just some subjects from Katya Buchatska’s projects created in the past 5 years. The more exhibitions and interventions were held, the more her artistic method and circle of interests became evident. They consist in her fascination with extra-human forms of life and experiences, in failures and mistakes in perception and representation of artistic artifacts, in deconstruction of a medium, be it sculpture or photography, in visual puns and the humor on the verge of political correctness. But in every new show Katya surprised by a new formal approach, by choices of media, and spatial display, so it became almost impossible to recognise her authorship from the signature style.

Eventually it is the studio visit that allows to summarise all the various shapes of Katya’s practice. Exactly there, in the abandoned, but very carefully furnished old house on Lukyanivska Street, the artifacts and works from the previous projects reside side by side with the tools of their creation—the forms, sketches, preliminary castings, with personal belongings, which in their form and spirit are art, and also with the works that for some reasons escaped from public presentation: oil paintings, lefkas, and graphic works. This amazing world is made up of groundbreaking images, complicated and rare artistic techniques, incomprehensible plots and simple jokes, but also with melancholy and pain, which can be felt almost physically. 

For The Naked Room exhibition, we tried to create a concentrated bulk of Katya Buchatska’s world. The exhibition opens with a concrete dog from the “MARA” project. In the original project every sculpture had its twin, but in “A Very Personal Show” there’s only his shadow left, which is the model made from paper and scotch, wittily entitled “Scotch Terrier”. Katya’s distinctive humor is present almost in every other work’s subject matter. In her comic-like lefkas “Food Chain” we see a man slaughtering a pig in one panel and a boy with his grandmother is feeding lard to titmouses in the other. Then there’s a fluorescent landscape of a volcanic eruption and a man who rejects to escape and instead of this shouts the word “Werner”, that refers us to Werner Herzog, who made a film of the same plot. There’s a big painting devoted to nothing more but kerning, the optimal spacing between letters, and to the inability to use this in practice. There is an even bigger painting with images of strange figures, which lie on the floor of the flamboyantly furnished room, a she-wolf and an inscription in an unknown language—everything appears to be “live streams” from the different times of Sistine Chapel existence. There’s also a blue sea as a universal dream, which is in fact of totally different colour and even the whales, one of which is concrete and another is his twin, have thrown themselves out of it…

Retelling the depicted stories is as exciting as it is futile because Katya’s world fascinates exactly with its incomprehensibility. But the artist has left hope to us—the possibility to complete the exhibition journey in the installation “Paradise Operator”, where everyone can make their own choice—YES or NO.

, A Very Personal Show
levkas, canvas, extruded foam plastic, gum, pigment
54см
2 500 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
graphite, glaze, polyester resin
130 CM
1 800 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
levkas, pencil, oil, markers, graphite, deck, glaze
24,5X49 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
oil, markers, levkas, deck
31X31 cм
1 200 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
various image
30X40 CM
400 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
oil, carton, pastel, glaze
52Х42 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
various image
13,5X20 CM
400 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
paper, markers, india ink, deck, ink
22Х20 СМ
900 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
paper, monotyping
21X29,7 CM
200 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
canvas, oil, aumail
180X180 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
oil, markers, levkas, pencil, graphite, deck, glaze
30,5X35 CM
1 200 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
paper, wood, tape, marker
H=65 СМ
sold
, A Very Personal Show
paper, monotyping
24X18 CM
200 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
oil, levkas, pastel, deck, marine varnish
32X19 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
oil, levkas, pencil, deck
24X23 CM
1 000 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
oil, levkas, deck
10X14 CM
800 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
various image
13X20 CM
500 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
markers, levkas, pencil, graphite, deck
9X22,5 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
oil, levkas, pencil, deck
10X15 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
oil, levkas, deck, marine varnish, flowers
30X24 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
paper, levkas, extruded foam plastic, gum, pigment, glue, vinyl magnet, faux fur, photograph on film
Н=64 СМ
sold
, A Very Personal Show
wood, metal, bitumen glaze, magnet
14X10 CM
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
oil, levkas, deck, glaze, gypsum
28X27 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
oil, markers, levkas, pencil, deck
16х27 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
levkas, ink, deck
19X32 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
oil on canvas
100х140 см
sold
, A Very Personal Show
canvas, oil, aumail
75х100 см
sold
, A Very Personal Show
monotyping
30х21 см
200 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
monotyping
21х15 см
200 EUR
reserve
, A Very Personal Show
oil, aumail, polyethylene, cloth
150Х150 CM
sold
, A Very Personal Show
canvas, oil, levkas, polyethylene, graphite
120х90 см
sold
, A Very Personal Show
paper, monotyping
90х60 см
, A Very Personal Show
oil, levkas, deck
24,5х49 см
sold
, A Very Personal Show
beer bottle cap, found metal, soldering
41х50 см
reserve