Extending Horizons Inside
Solo Exhibition At Gallery "Rapublic IZO", Barnaul
The warm place with paints at the winter time.
Not every art lover will decide to get to the outskirt of the city to visit the exhibition during frost Siberian winter. But those who did it – they has paid off, because in the "Republic IZO" gallery they could well "warm up" in the rays of bright paintings guru of modern art Larissa Pastushkova.
An extensive exhibition "Extending horizons inside" was not opened to a specific date or anniversary, but this event could not be bypassed for a several reasons.
The first reason - the paints presented at exhibition are exclusive, which for some reason did not get into the main "range" and which cannot be seen in catalogs of Pastushkova. The second reason - this is a unique opportunity to follow the way of one of the most extraordinary artists of Siberia (to fully retrospective exhibition has not held due to lack of "Indian series") - at the walls of the "Republic IZO" was exhibited more than one hundred and fifty works.
One of the halls has been dedicated specifically for graphic art. In this case to call graphic art of Pastushkova – simple drawings will be not correct. These are visually rich compositions that created with mixed technique. Graphic art of Larissa Pastushkova are often combined in large series and the whole concepts. A series of "Archaeological objects" contains images of some objects or stones covered with ancient signs containing "sing of era" ("Megalith"). The series "Ancient Book", which presented to the audience as "page by page". Of course, the text on these pages is not just text, this mysterious figure, which is likely to be interpreted than read. Taken into appoint the unusual nature of the contents, it would be interesting entirely to "read" a "book." Organize such an exhibition could be possible in any library, which has an exhibition hall.
Painting Pastushkova also can be divided into several series, or rather - directions. Symbolic paintings, abstract landscapes internal world, dynamic images primitive in color, geometric compositions, performances with ethnic component - this is painting for the "third eye", which requires the internal work of the recipient and open perception.
From the art critic point of view it is difficult to focus on the details of paintings of Pastushkova. Artistic image of her works "overshadows" specific of paint technic and automatically switches attention to the content. Therefore, the art of Pastushkova I would like to do not analyze (ie, splitting into the parts), but like to interpret them them on the meaning level. But synthesize meaning is not that always works - many of her works, "knocking" in the subconscious, and sometimes even deeper - into the collective unconscious, where be keeping the ancestral memory of human.
The exhibition "Extending horizons inside" also showed, that as an artist Larissa Pastushkova continues on her deeply personal way. Her works of 2013, really carry something new. For example, work "The Bridge" (2013) demonstrates refreshed ultra color gamma, which dissolves the objectivity of the represented world. This color range is different than in "Indian series" - pale green, lush purple, lemon yellow, blue and shades of blue - creates unusually contrasting combinations and gives a good mood, in addition!
Concluding this review, I would like to wish Larisa good, decent audience, with extensive internal horizons, capable to easy contemplate, and to do intensive internal work. Only thanks to these qualities, art of Pastushkova can shine in showrooms for the viewer in full force.