Breach Miami

WHEN YOU DON'T EXPECT

DZVINYA PODLYASHETSKA SOLO EXHIBITION

OCT 29 NOV 19 2022

BREACH GALLERY PRESENTS, “WHEN YOU DON’T EXPECT”, A SOLO EXHIBITION FOR CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN ARTIST, DZVINYA PODLYASHETSKA (B. 1994). THIS IS THE FIRST EXHIBITION FOR THE ARTIST IN THE U.S. AND FEATURES A SERIES OF WORK THAT IMPLEMENTS A BOLD AND NARRATIVE STYLE. THE INNER-WORKINGS OF THE MIND ARE PUSHED FORTH ACROSS CANVAS AND PAPER WITH A COLORFUL AND OFTEN COMEDIC SENSE OF EXPRESSION. PODLYASHETSKA PRESENTS US WITH IMAGES THAT ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF LIFE – AN EXPLORATION OF THE EXPERIENCES, THE DECISIONS, AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHOICES WITHIN AN OFTEN HOSTILE WORLD.

 

PODLYASHETSKA CENTERS HER WORK AROUND MENTAL HEALTH, HUMAN INTERACTION, AND EMOTION. INSPIRED BY LOOKING INWARD, THE ARTIST CAPTURES EVERYTHING FROM MUNDANE MOMENTS TO GRAND EXISTENTIAL ISSUES. HER PIECES, AT THEIR CORE, PRESENT A DICHOTOMY, AS SHE HANDLES BOTH THE TRAGEDIES AND COMEDIES OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE. INSISTENT TO “PAINT DARK THINGS WITH BRIGHT COLORS”, THE ARTIST IS ABLE TO REVEAL A VIBRANT WORLD THAT TELLS STORIES OF HEARTBREAK, SERENITY, OPPRESSION, AND FREEDOM.

 

FOR “WHEN YOU DON’T EXPECT”, PODLYASHETSKA’S PAINTINGS DEPICT A VARIETY OF PEOPLE AND CHARACTERS WHO GRASP FOR A DIFFERENT WORLD. MOTIFS OF LOVE, SEX, IMPULSE, AND FAITH COLLIDE AS HER FIGURES INHABIT FANTASTICAL WORLDS THAT MIRROR THE COMPLEXITIES AND HORRORS OF OUR CURRENT TIMES. THE SCENES ARE FRENETIC YET BALANCED, WITH A POINTED SENSE OF NARRATIVE DIRECTION THAT DEPICTS BOTH CLARITY AND AMBIGUITY AT ONCE. THE SCENES SHE WEAVES ARE CRAFTED INTUITIVELY – VISIONS OF FRACTURED LIFESTYLES, ONES THAT RESIDE WITHIN A STATE OF CHAOS AND EMBOLDEN THE CHARACTERS TO BATTLE AGAINST SOCIETY’S CONSTRAINTS.

 

STATEMENT FROM THE ARTIST

MENTAL STATES, EXPERIENCES, LIFE SITUATIONS AND IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE MANIFEST AS STRESS, WHICH IS THE BODY’S PROTECTIVE REACTION TO EXTERNAL STIMULI.  OFTEN THIS HAPPENS AS A RESULT OF INTERACTION WITH SOCIETY. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A HOSTILE SOCIETY INTERVENES IN LIFE?  IN THE CASE OF OUR TERRORIST NEIGHBOR, RUINED LIVES AND CITIES.  DEATH EVERY DAY.  THERE IS A TOTAL CHANGE IN THE COURSE OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.  THE PARASYMPATHETIC SYSTEM BEGINS TO PREVAIL – THIS IS WHEN THE STRESS IN THE BODY GOES OVERBOARD AND THE BRAIN BALANCE IS LOST.  THIS IS A NERVOUS SYSTEM THAT TURNS OFF ALL EMOTIONS AND MAKES A PERSON APPEAR TO FREEZE.  IN THIS WAY, THE NORMAL PAST AND PRESENT PEACEFUL LIFE IS “FROZEN” FOR US.

 

THE SERIES OF WORKS FOR “WHEN YOU DON’T EXPECT” CAPTURES LIFE EXPERIENCES, DIFFICULT DECISIONS AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHOICES. WHATEVER THESE SITUATIONS MIGHT BE, THEY WOULD BE A SAFER PROSPECT THAN THE REALITY WE FIND OURSELVES IN NOW. THE ENEMY IS HIDING.  THE ENEMY IS ACTING.  AND WHILE HE IS IN OUR HOMES, WE HAVE NO CHANCE FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE. IS PEACE ALWAYS A BETTER PROSPECT?