Thresholds: Shadow Self at Alter Space

March 05, 2014




Thresholds: Shadow Self
Yulia Pinkusevich

March 15 – 29, 2014
OPENING: March 15, 2014 from 7-10pm
A.I.R Exhibition

Thresholds: Shadow Self, is a site-specific installation by Yulia Pinkusevich, located in the
basement of the gallery. Pinkusevich has embedded an architecturally scaled structure into the
existing space that explores notions of shadow, light, barrier and threshold. Utilizing 30+
reclaimed doors that she collected during her time at RecologySF (SF Dump), this immersive
environment aims to evoke personal inquiry and examination, prompting visitors to embark in an
act of investigation as they navigate the maze-like arrangement through its series of doors.

Pinkusevich’s Thresholds is inspired by the Jungian philosophy of shadow, that which hides in
the subconscious darkness of the human psyche. Even though the shadow exists in the psyche,
waiting to reveal itself through human action, it seldom manifests in real life. This installation
creates a dialogue with the body that is aimed at prompting a deeper awareness of the journey
into one’s self, shining light on dark corners of the psyche while playing with the viewers
perceptions of space.

“Art’s not psychology, some art can be psychological but I don’t claim to be able to solve
people’s problems through an installation. I do hope it makes you ponder a bit or think about
why- I think art is meant to be an experience, I control certain aspects of it but I can’t control
how it’s perceived, that belongs to the audience.”

Yulia Pinkusevich is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Born in 1982 in Kharkov, Ukraine she holds
a Masters of Fine Arts from at Stanford University and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rutgers
University Mason Gross School of the Arts. Yulia has been awarded residency grants from
Recology (SF Dump), Cite des Arts International in Paris, Headlands Center for the Arts, Redux
in South Carolina, Goldwell Open Air Museum and The Wurlitzer Foundation. She received The
San Francisco Foundations 2011 Phelan, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts as well
as Stanford University SiCA’s Spark and ASSU Grants. She currently lectures at Stanford
University and resides in East Palo Alto, California.


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