[=] is an art event in Kyiv, Ukraine in November 2012. The funds raised will support Ken Greenleaf's travel and participation.
This project will make it possible for me to be part of a show and forum on abstract art to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine, late of this year. The money will be used to get the work ready and to travel to Kyiv and stay there for about ten days. Please note that Kickstarter funding is all-or-nothing, so to I need to reach the goal to get any money at all.
The Kyiv event, called [=], will be an international forum on visual art at its most abstract, held at the Bottega Gallery in Kyiv in November and December of 2012. Included will be a number of Ukrainian artists, one from Sweden, two Americans, one who lives in Germany and me, from Maine in the US. I'll be giving a couple of talks, there'll be a publication, some music and other events in at least three venues.
We share a common language, abstract art. Kyiv is the birthplace of one of it its most influential progenitors, Kasimir Malevich. For most of us in this event the roads all lead back to Malevich. The routes we have taken, though, are quite different. It is these differences, coupled with our similarities, that interest me.
Kyiv was the center of an extraorinary burst of creativity at the beginning of the twentieth century. Painting, scultpure, theater and music then were vital and inventive, even through the uncertainties and fear of war and revolution. Here in the the US we don’t know enough about it - the art and the artists were largely suppressed and hidden by the fearsome politics of the Soviet times and by the war. Stalin and Hitler treated that area with unimaginable brutality. History weighs more heavily there than here.
For all our differences in language, history and cultural environment, there is more that joins these artists and I than separates us. I’ve been making, showing and thinking about art in the US my whole adult life, much of it in New York, and have had the good fortune to encounter many accomplished artists and critics. I can, I think, bring something to the conversations with the artists I will meet. I know I have a lot to gain from meeting and working with them. These people are smart, accomplished and serious about what they do.
This will be my first trip to Eastern Europe, and I know the experience will affect my life and work in ways I can't possibly predict.
The artists include Serge Momot and Constantin Rudeshko,(Ukraine), with whom I will share a gallery, David Powell (USA, living in Germany), Tomas Niklasson (Sweden) Tiberiy Szilvashi and Badri Gubianuri (Ukraine), and music by Victoria Poleva and Valentine Silvestrov will be presented by the composers.
I hope to facilitate a connection between the Kyiv artists and the US, with a view toward getting their work to a larger audience.
I’ll also be chronicling the trip with a blog, which will appear on the website of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
[=] was concieved and developed on Facebook, and its ongoing coordination is being done in a Facebook group. In November all the partipants will be together in the same rooms, some of them for the first time.
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