“Not A Sad Tale,” Animatronic Sculptures, Animations and Performance by Yuliya Lanina

June 11, 2016 6:00 pm - June 11, 2016 8:30 pm

June 11, 2016 – September 2, 2016

Where: Haus Collective, 108 Blue Star, Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, Texas 78204

When: Opening Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, on-going through September 2, 2016.

Haus Collective announces a new collaboration with the recently relocated to San Antonio art gallery project, Polyglot, and invites the public for an exhibition of recent work by Polyglot artist Yuliya Lanina. In furthering Haus Collective’s mission to platform artistic and creative projects while strengthening the local arts community, the show with Polyglot will highlight the new itinerant space and project by gallery director Melanie Harris de Maycotte sharing the fresh, artistic perspective from Lanina who has never exhibited in San Antonio, Texas.

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist who received her MFA in animation at Hunter College in New York City and has fused the lines between sculpture, painting and animation for years with her mechanical sculptures, which, similar to her animations, rely on music and moving images to tell her stories, always absent of dialogue. Her large animated sculptures and animations have been shown worldwide. When the artist noticed that her mechanical sculptures rarely ended up in the hands of private collectors because of their size, Lanina was moved to create “music box” sizes as personal animated sculptures. The works on view are a culmination of this effort, that involve herself, original musical scores by her husband who is the accomplished composer and University of Texas musical composition professor, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and fabrication by mechanical engineer Theodore Johnson.

Lanina’s paintings, animations and animatronic sculptures portray alternate realities that fuse fantasy, femininity and humor together. Employing surreal imagery to simultaneously elicit feelings of uneasiness and empathy, Lanina paints and collages bizarre characters that come to life through mechanization, animation and music. Laninaʼs characters, mostly female in gender, are made of parts that are not supposed to go together. They act out absurd situations in a somewhat blasé, carefree and whimsical manner. These characters are the artist’s own projections of nonsensical events and their consequences. Their malformed features and parts illustrate internalized trauma and torment while still engaging in the life-affirming celebration of feminine power and its connection to the mysterious, the beautiful and the sensual. Lanina draws from many sources to create these characters. Though she often taps into Greek mythology with the half-human and half-animal demigods, she also relies on her personal roots with Russian fairy tales, which are filled with fantastic beings deeply founded in paganism, mysticism and symbolism. Her creatures and their stories move freely between logical and illogical, realistic and illusory, predictable and surprising, representing life that can only be lived but perhaps never fully understood.

Please join us at Haus Collective to experience these wonderful new inventions alongside the artists on Saturday, June 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. If you cannot make opening night, the show will be open by appointment through September 2, 2016.

Polyglot is a gallery that re-located from Central Mexico to Austin, Texas in September 2012 and most recently to San Antonio in 2016 specializing in early and mid-career Contemporary artists, primarily from Texas, New York and Mexico. Currently it is functioning as a by appointment house-gallery in the Alta Vista neighborhood at 529 W. Mulberry Ave. For more information contact info@polyglotgallery.com or visit their website at www.polyglotgallery.com

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Media Contacts:

Faith Haddad, Haus Collective, Director – 512-923-9704 faith@hauscollectivesa.com

Melanie Harris de Maycotte, Polyglot Gallery, Director – 512-767-8084 melanie@polyglotgallery.com