Gallery current exhibition
5 February | 9 April 2022
Chrysalid Gallery is excited to present our new curatorial exhibition Pin Cushions featuring the works of Vladimir Radujkov!
You are more than welcome to pay us a visit to see the wonderful and organic shapes put on canvas by this talented artist. Vladimir Radujkov was born and raised in Yugoslavia, but lives and works in the Netherlands. Through his work you will recognize natural forms, as well as be intrigued by the almost outer-worldly, fascinating atmospheres. Build up from only lines this artist walks the fine line between dynamic and static, chaos and order, creating works that are like worlds of their own.
Vladimir's personal style is formally abstract, yet fundamentally nature-oriented and inspired.
His interests lie in exploring the thin line between known and unknown, figurative and abstract, associative and the lack thereof. Although unintended, the motives are not instantly familiar, it is the title of the work that turns them back to associative field of different natural structures, sometimes of botanical and animal origin. He finds beauty in strangeness as well as in commonly accepted beauty ideals.
Drawing exists as a strong contour that builds and defines the structure of his pieces.
It is always present, dark, strong and it varies from parallelism to a free, almost baroque structure of thick organic lines. He uses repetition in order to create a vivacious linear shadow play, which adds to an overall dynamic of the works. The lines range from very long to very short almost comma like, and he uses them to edit the chaos and establish order in his composition. The colour pallet is subdued, and not primary in his work. It varies from neutrals to vividly grassy and watery green and lately, hints of cold greyish and dark blues and black. Colours are never raw, always modulated and toned down to let the form speak for itself. He uses thick paste as well as liquid and see-through paint in order to define the depth of the field.
All accidental elements, such as spills and drops, are strictly controlled, and all pictorial elements are intentional. His work begins as product of a very long contemplation and thought, while the gesture varies from long and calm to a short and frantic.
Chrysalid is a dynamic cocoon aiming at transforming the canons around contemporary art and its market. It’s a conceptual and experimental gallery based in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) that actively promotes and collaborates with young and daring artists from all over Europe. As a communal platform, Chrysalid wants to give the artists room to experiment, to grow in their vision and to fearlessly portrait reality through the insight of their unique practices. In this metamorphic framework, the individuals behind the idea of the gallery collaborate to reshape and broaden the narratives in contemporary art, making them more inclusive and representative of the multitude of details that existence is made of. Chrysalid is not a showbox. Chrysalid is a pulsating core of transformative energy.
Marth von Loeben
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