Fine art, sculpture & photography in the heart of Kyiv since 1988
Contemporary Painting by Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk
14.12 – 21.01.2019
Launch at 19.00 on Friday 14.12.2018
Lay the tables, and cover all with kilims,
Rejoice, O rejoice, Earth, the Son of God is born!
‘Good Evening to You, Lord Master!’
(Ukrainian Traditional Carol)
On Friday 14th December Kyiv fine art gallery Triptych: Global Arts Workshop presents ‘KILIM’, a festive new series of contemporary paintings by Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk. Bright and enchanting, these painted ‘kilims’ relegate to the ancient art of weaving and folk art, with their whimsical play of colour and form, and hidden meanings.
The traditional kilim (tapestry-woven carpet or rug) was honed to perfection from one generation to the next by nameless masters without any help from academic schools or teachers. It is one of the most ancient art forms on the planet. The repetitive botanical and geometric patterns so typical of folk artworks are attempts to generalize and record lived experience for the benefit of future generations. Woven pieces are encoded with a wealth of knowledge about the natural world, the movement of celestial bodies, and the vagaries of human fate. Among the ‘kilims’ of Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk we see the wedding one, its bright flowers emblazoned upon a background of pure white, the lordly one, an archaic symbol of status and wealth, the hutsul ones, with their angular patterns, and a resplendent festive one, sparkling with gemstone-like colours.
‘My kilim is not just colour play on a flat surface, it is a story inscribed in symbols and signs. The idea for this project was born during my time at the Velykyi Pereviz Residency, which took place in a picturesque village in the Poltava region of the same name. Its blossoming, kaleidoscopic nature was a constant source of inspiration. In my project I transform archaic forms into works of contemporary art in an attempt to ‘save’ a familiar visual element of my childhood from being forgotten, from a loss of relevance in the modern interior’, says artist Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk.
Exhibition curator Myroslava Hartmond notes that ‘Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk represents a generation of Ukrainian contemporary artists, thanks to whom the country’s national identity finds new forms of expression, each year captivating a larger audience worldwide. The value of these artworks lies not only in their transcendent beauty, but in the fact that we could easily imagine them being exhibited in some of the best-known art venues across the world. This young artist speaks of ancient folk traditions in a visual language that is wholly modern, thus creating an inter-generational dialogue and providing an intimate insight into the sacrament that is Ukrainian decorative art’.
‘Unlike [Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk’s] previous floral series, this one is deliberately stencilled, its flowers are trasmitters of the voice of the past, they are schematic, crawling the walls like cave paintings... The geometric ornaments of Korf-Ivaniuk, widespread in Podolia, Galicia, Bukovina, and Carpathian Ruthenia, are sheer masterpieces of graphic art. Here the artist freely interprets elements of originals that she had studied, transforming them into a unique philosophical message’, notes art critic Roksana Rublevksaya.
Discover the magical world of Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk’s ‘kilims’!
About the Artist
Natalia Korf-Ivaniuk was born on April 16th 1985 in Kremenchuk, an important industrial city in central Ukraine. She studied at the Poltava National Technical Yuriy Kondratiuk University. Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 2010. Her works form part of private collections in Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany, the UK, Canada, and the US. Laureate of the 1st Prize at the Ukrainian National Landscape A.I. Kuindzhi Memorial Exhibition (Mariupol, 2012), the Ukrainian National Still Life Exhibition (Kyiv, 2013), and the 3rd Prize of the Ukrainian National Art Triennial (Kyiv, 2013). Participant of numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad.