|Portrait of Bradley by Iliya Mirochnik, Oil on Canvas, 48x60|
|October 1-18, 2015|
|Thursday, October 1, 6:00-9:00pm|
|Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm|
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present Spaces Between, a solo exhibition on the recent works of Iliya Mirochnik. “The work for this show came from a desire to minimize the spectators external physical motions and maximize his or her inner ones; in essence, to keep them from moving away from the work, to hold them. The way to achieve this was to stake on a plurality of interpretations by creating a system which at once is shockingly unusual and yet, curiously familiar. In these paintings I have been rather “a tourist among ideas”. Having begun with my personal and private life and having arrived in much more varied, and “objective” places, I have attempted to be a “journalist of my own experience”. I am interested in an area of viewing from such a position that it cannot be separated from that on which the gaze is turned. In these works, as well as in the themes themselves, the focus is never on a single moment or place or image; instead, I have focused on the spaces between them.” - Iliya Mirochnik
Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s with his family. From a young age Iliya pursued training in the arts. In 2013, he completed his studies in St. Petersburg, Russia in the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting. In his paintings he aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. He has been recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and awards both in the United States and in Russia, winning the “First Place” award in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Iliya was recently selected to develop his design for a public monument for Iconbay Residences in Miami, Florida in collaboration with The Related Group architecture firm. Iliya lives in New York where he paints and teaches.
My goal is to isolate the principles that have shaped my perception of the world around me, and using them, in the words of B. Pasternack, “to reach the very core”. Following the traditions of the Russian academic school, my work relies on a firm footing in the figurative tradition and yet it is precisely this training that allows me to diverge from it. My work deals with exploring the correlation of a geographical and social solidity on a psychological instability, centering on the ideas of belonging to and exile from a “home”. Centering on such moments, in which the various strata of daily existence: personal, spiritual, intellectual, financial etc., intersect and conflict, the focus shifts to a predominant restlessness in human beings, that always finds the most diverse means of expression when limited by a geographical, national, religious, or familial certainty. I believe that the intensity of visual art must stem from its most nonverbal elements, the exploration of its strictly visual emotive capability. Despite working with rigid and rational intent, it is fundamental that in the finished work, the sentient must take precedence, allowing explanations to vanish.