Fine art, sculpture & photography in the heart of Kyiv since 1988
08.02 – 21.02.2019
Kyiv fine art gallery Triptych: Global Arts Workshop presents “DENDROCHRONOLOGY”, a retrospective exhibition of Leonid Bernat, the maverick master of Ukrainian contemporary art in celebration of the artist’s birthday. "Dendrochronology" or tree-ring dating is based on the analysis of annual growth rings. The exhibition brings together artworks from various cycles of the contemporary master's oeuvre, with their trademark phantasmagorical decorativeness and inventive use of materials.
“Annual tree rings, world history, hurricane Katrina, and the coiling chains of the DNA all have something in common, namely, an incessant spiral development pattern. The magical lasso with which the Gods rule the Universe. Dendrochronology is a life chronicle of its annual hoops, its tabooed apple tree, its Yggdrasil in whose lofty branches Simurgh builds his abode”, shared artist Leonid Bernat.
“The scratched vinyl of life situations, in both their ridiculousness and perfection, and an assemblage of simple objects. A setlist, which has absorbed different genres and emotional states, different rhythms, which engender their own rotations — waltz, twist, rock-n-roll, backspin… This is life, in its ceaseless inspired dervish-dance.”
In the words of the gallery director Myroslava Hartmond, “the Triptych gallery has been well-acquainted with the work of Leonid Bernat for many years. The ‘DENDROCHRONOLOGY” exhibition includes many of the talented artist’s works that were once presented here for the first time. One of my favourite projects in the gallery’s thirty-year history, ‘ANAHATA’, included several of Leonid’s pieces that tackled the subject of Soviet nostalgia with both irony and compassion, while their innovative technique that combined gesso, printing, and stencilling is carved in the memory. Among the ‘annual rings’ of Leonid Bernat’s extensive portfolio we see many such successful experiments. This festive retrospective gives us the chance to conduct a scientific analysis of this mighty oak of the Ukrainian art scene.”
About the artist
Leonid Anatoliyovych Bernat is a Ukrainian graphic artist, painter, and academic. He was born on February 8, 1962. In 1980 Leonid graduated from the T.H. Shevchenko Republican Art School. From 1984 to 1990 he was a student of the graphic faculty of the KDIH (now NAOMA) (poster-design workshop of T. A. Lyaschuk). Since 2011 Leonid is a lecturer at the Mykhailo Boychuk Kyiv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Art and Design. He is a participant in Ukrainian and international exhibitions (personal exhibitions: 1995, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2014). Since 2000 he is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. His creative path began with work in the field of book and easel graphics, posters. The artist’s posters and calendars are featured in the collections of the Department of Fine Arts. Since the mid-1990s and to this day, Leonid works mainly in the field of fine art.