‘Not A Sad Tale,’ Paintings, Animations and Performance by Yuliya Lanina

June 30, 2016 6:00 pm - September 2, 2016 12:00 pm

June 11, 2016 – September 2, 2016

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

Haus Collective collaborates 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 this summer. 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.

I intend to bring a dissonant charge to the work I create. Playful and quirky on the exterior, my work uses whimsy as a device to draw closer inspection, leading to greater awareness and introspection among viewers. Once engaged, the viewer often find evocations of the dark matter that is the underbelly of human existence–issues of loss, abuse, and death—striking a primordial balance.

My work ranges from paintings and interactive sculptures to animations and performance. I am particularly interested in turning the traditional medium of painting into a multi-dimensional and interactive experience for the viewer. I strive to accomplish this by creating interactive mechanical sculptures with original soundtrack as well as stop motion animations based on my paintings and accompanied by original music compositions. Both of these endeavors result in a “New Painting”– multi-sensory, time-based, and interactive.

My latest new endeavor “Not a Sad Tale” has launched me into a direction of performance art. I’ve always been interested in creating stories and characters which move freely between logical and illogical, realistic and illusory, predictable and surprising, representing life that can only be lived, but never understood. My performance builds on that, merging the creator (myself) with the creation (animation) in a way that blends the on-stage reality and its sublimation on screen. The electroacoustic track mixes fixed media with sounds that I manipulate in real time entirely with my breathing. Going beyond mere accompaniment, the music serves as a primary voice in the narrative and its unfolding.

My work speaks to the nature of being, to the heart as well as the intellect and is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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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