Scenic divergence

Exhibition October 27 − November 3, 2020
Evgeny and Polina Zaremba
Scenic divergence
Father and daughter Evgeny and Polina Zaremba are linked not only by inseparable family ties, but also by artistic ties. Born into a family of artists, Polina absorbed a love of art from the very beginning of her life, and her father's painting naturally influenced her perception of painting. Both are adherents of abstract and semi-abstract painting, and Polina's words express the opinion of both on this score:

“Abstraction is a kind of liberation from accidents, the exchange of energy with bodies, the earth. A way out of abstract and semi-abstract painting is impossible, having tried it once, it drags on for life, you can get closer to reality, but you always want to write otherworldly worlds, your own through an obscure image and without the bustle of the philistine world. "

The attitude to color and to the color solution as the main tenet of painting is the point of contact in the work of Polina and Eugene. For both artists, painting is a process of the appearance of fantasy images, an act of self-affirmation and a direct projection of intuition. At first glance, it seems that they have a visually and technically similar manner of writing - textured strokes seem to be almost identical, as if they are an artistic embodiment of a gene in DNA inherited from the father's daughter.

However, if you look longer and study the work of Eugene and Polina, the viewer will more and more clearly feel how different the creative charge and approach of these two artists are. Speaking from the point of view of technique and the imposition of material on the canvas, my father has a more subtle brushstroke, a more geometric view of the color division of the canvas, his color itself is often more muted and structured. Thanks to this structuredness, a sense of the borderline of the world is created: light - shadow, top - bottom, earth - air, entrance - exit, light - shadow. On the border, between, the important happens, the living appears. Eugene approaches each work with a philosophical question: how was this world created? Zaremba addresses this issue through a search for a pictorial metaphor. It shows the texture and shape of surfaces, the color of the elements, an object in space. Evgeny's work has always been associated with natural forms, with a rethinking of the world order, intuitive and calm immersion.

Polina can see an intuitive reflection of reality, but more sensual, more emotional, reflecting her character and way of interacting with the world, and this is something completely her own, her own language and her vision. Unlike her father, Polina reason less and more emotionally narrates. She perceives as hazy and generalized color spots, but they are charged with energy. Textured strokes, similar to the father, are dynamic and stronger, confirming the very cheerfulness and strength of mind, without which, according to the artist, abstraction will be empty. For Polina Zaremba, painting is a way of knowing the world and oneself in this world. Unlike her father, she does not try to repeat or comprehend reality, but follows her, peering, listening, trying to feel the present, the very essence. Hence the spontaneity of compositions, powerful and dynamic color, varied texture.

As a result, we get two artists, one family and different temperaments: Polina is more emotional, Eugene is calm and reasonable. However, they are united by their forward movement and love of life.

Divergence in a biological context is the divergence of signs and properties in initially closely related groups of organisms in the course of evolution: the result of living in different conditions. The definition of this word most accurately reflects the process of divergence in the work of these two artists. Personality divergence occurs in the same way as in certain biological species. Polina's painting, which at first seemed inherited from her father, eventually diverges from her father's, she adapted to the realities of the artist's life and her perception of the world, eventually turning into an independent integral unit. Looking at the work collected at the exhibition, the viewer can clearly determine which of the works came out from under the brush of Eugene, and which were created by Polina. Divergence is a process of evolution, without which the development of all life on this planet would have stopped. Just as in art, the formation of their own pictorial language continues the artistic revolution and the desire for self-determination.
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