3 Days Show. Painting, Portrait October 16 - 18, 2007
Olga Akasi has become a prominent event in cultural and artistic life of Ukraine. Her works are vivid and creative reactualization of Renaissance artistic traditions. With her imagination and mind, her will and, importantly, hand Akasi opens for her country a perspective, a corridor leading to the humanistic ideals of XV-XVI centuries. She talentedly combine in their works the knowledge of artistic world context, academic tradition and a subtle, tactile perception of people and the world. Olga Akasi creates works that impress deeply with the presence of something which is difficult to correlate only with the professional power or "light-centrated" themes of Akasi's paintings.
For our so-called post-human society, Olga Akasi as an artist (and, mainly, as a portraitist) gives a rebirth to the human. This idea is reflected brilliantly in Akasi's images which we may call phainomena, or those which appear and are present in light (of soul) and its reflections. But the matter concerns pictorial phenomenology rather than the depiction of a concrete face, when the artist resolves the phenomenon of the Human Being by means of aesthetic appoach. It is a sort of icon painting, when the artist establishes canons of his own. Her own characters have astonishing faces. They look like images that don’t exist in our world. Artist materializes them, embodies them, makes viewer to peer at this different-being and not to recognize himself in it.
Olga Akasi’s works give insinuation that the human isn’t momentary, that the eternal constituent of human life forces through discontinuous nature of matter, through limits scantiness of human being. An unobtrusive experimenting together with embeddedness in the power of quite definite artistic tradition both make an impression of what, as we suspect, is hidden under the name of "beauty".