Asya Dodina/ Slava Polishchuk
365 days of the year are the subject of our recent drawing project. We have been completing one drawing every day as if we would write a diary. These small scale detailed graphite drawings (each is 5”-7”) are our attempt to keep memories of every moment of life as well as our feelings and concerns about self and society.
Self-portraits and withered flowers, chimeras and butterflies, weapons and spider webs are placed in the same stage-like setting. Intense black ground and emptiness of a backdrop intentionally repeated throughout the series, creating the sense of grid and balance. The drawings, positioned one after another in the exhibition space, intend to form a narrow line of our everyday “thoughts” (7”-152’). Another possibility to assemble this project is to arrange 365 drawings on the wall next to each other in one block (98”-130”).
Born in Russia, Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk work in collaboration since 2003.
Recent solo shows include Ars Porta International, Germany; Fox &Fowle Gallery; Pace University; Brooklyn College, NY; Moscow International Art Salon. Artists have exhibited in numerous museums and galleries including Chelsea Art Museum, Safe-T-Gallery, NY; Klutznic National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC; Rutgers University, NJ; the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; The Russian Academy of Arts. Their works are in public and private collections including State Tretyakov Gallery, Russian Academy of Arts; Rutgers University, Jane Voorhnees Zimmerly Art Museum, Kolodzei Foundation, NJ; Brooklyn College Library, Pace University, NY; Moscow Ministry of Arts and Moscow Union of Artists. Their awards include Project Grant for Exhibition, NY State Council of the Arts; Award of Excellence, Nassau Community College; Medal of Russian Academy of Arts.