BUDDHA BROW // INSTALLATION AT WILDLANDS
I recently had the distinct pleasure of being one of three Artist in Residence at Wildlands in Healdsburg, California. While there, I was very inspired by the serenity of this place and the Northern California oak forests surrounding us. As a ritualistic practice I hiked daily to collect oak galls. Oak galls or grow on certain valley oaks as a result of a parasitic wasp laying it’s larva in the oak twigs, the wasp secretes a hormone so similar to the oaks own, the oak will grow a gall as a way to both excrete the parasite and protect the larva. This relationship really spoke to me, the gall is both a result of an irritant but also gives the wasp an offering. This installation contemplates this complex relationship which symbolizes for me a way to learn how to embrace the difficulties of life.
BUDDHA BROW // INSTALLATION AT WILDLANDS
The goal of the Lucid Art Residency Program is to provide artists with a serene, retreat-like natural environment for creative exploration and inquiry into arts and consciousness.
The Lucid Art Foundation encourages exploration of nonrepresentational art through multimedia, conceptual, ecological, and interdisciplinary approaches. During the three-week residency (generally taking place from March to November of each year), artists will have the opportunity to explore the practice of lucid art, with special emphasis on the integration of art, process, and inner awareness. Through this practice, a deeper foundation is created that fosters individual artistic growth and development, as well as the understanding of the artist's role in society.
For the last few months I have been an Artist in Residence at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop, a state of the art industrial shop and advanced manufacturing facility. Artists of diverse backgrounds are invited to train on software and equipment, as well as encouraged to use these new industrial technologies in unconventional ways. With this in mind I began collaborating with the latest machines to create a new type of painting.
The work that grew out of these investigations looks for the tension between digital and analog processes. These paintings of new geologies are based on autonomous robotic photography of NASA, ESA and JPL labs and created in part by hand and in part with Epilog’s and Meta Beam laser cutters.
As I collaborate with these machines, be it my MacBook pro, the JPL instruments on the Mars Rover or the Metabeam and Epilog lasers at Pier 9, I embrace the glitches that occur throughout the process, viewing each glitch as our machines opportunity for creative self-expression. Creating a truly collaborative human + machine paintings.
To learn more about Yulia’s work at Pier 9, check out the video of her artist lecture below.
The laser etching part, also featuring the artwork inspired by Rosetta and Philae’s images of Comet 67P, starts about 15 min into the talk:
A step by step Instructable to explain the techniques used to create the artwork can be found here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Charcoal-and-Acrylic-Laser-Raster-Etchings/
Images courtesy of the artist.
Yulia Pinkusevich is an interdisciplinary artist whose vision is influenced by our rapidly evolving urban landscape and the impact of globalization on the everyday. Her works physically engage with the surrounding environment and call upon architectural framework as a construct to guide the viewer through a direct experience.
Born and raised in the USSR and relocating to New York City at a young age, Pinkusevich’s background is rooted in change. Her ability to adapt and observe has served as a central tool for harnessing a unique and fluid vision. Concerned with breaking through conventional perspectives, Pinkusevich creates illusions of impossible spaces and non-places that shift viewpoints away from logic and play with the viewer’s subconscious understanding of space.
Yulia Pinkusevich’s work has been shown extensively in the US and abroad, in cluding site-specific installations in Paris and Buenos Aires. She has been awarded residency grants from Autodesk, Facebook HQ, Cite des Arts International in Paris, Recology SF, Redux in South Carolina, Headland Center for the Arts, Goldwell Open Air Museum, and The Wurlitzer Foundation, among others. She was also the recipient of The San Francisco Foundations 2011 Phelan, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts as well as Stanford University SiCA’s Spark and ASSU Grants. Pinkusevich holds a BFA from Rutgers and an MFA from Stanford University. She was a lecturer at Stanford University and now is an Assistant Professor of Art at Mills College while maintaining a studio in Oakland, California.
I’m honored to be a part of the Fall 2015 cohort at Autodesk’s, Pier 9 Artist in Residence. I’m going to be learning a lot while working in this state of the art shop. If you wish to learn more about this program here is a short video about it below.
ALTER SPACE PRESENTS Thresholds: Shadow Self by Yulia Pinkusevich
March 15 – 29, 2014
OPENING: March 15, 2014 from 7-10pm
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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