Katia Pugach personal exhibition curated by Oreste Casalini "Acappella" at Artpogost will show several new artworks where On one hand an ancient knowledge acquired through direct experience, research and care of the creative moment, deeply spiritual, alchemical, transcendental, but on the other hand, an ultra-modern consciousness, pop, hyper-connected to the global network, a universe of images and technologies that are the present state of being in the world.
Katia Pugach is part of a generation of cosmopolitan artists who speak different languages and have had experiences in different places around the world, grown in parallel with the development of the web constantly connected with the global communication system, they are open to ideas and points of view apparently very distant but at the same time well rooted in the heart of their original culture. Her temperament is always experimental but also deeply connected to a classical root, proudly Russian but open to the world. The search for a point of balance between opposing elements is one of the distinctive signs of all her works. On one hand an ancient knowledge acquired through direct experience, research and care of the creative moment, deeply spiritual, alchemical, transcendental, but on the other hand, an ultra-modern consciousness, pop, hyper-connected to the global network, a universe of images and technologies that are the present state of being in the world. The bond which holds together so many different elements is a religious sense of belonging, a profound sense of the sacredness of Art that Katia Pugach proposes in all her works. Care and depth are her message, in a deep connection with nature. Her profound sense of balance is the center, the guide for every choice, a desire for unity in precariousness, for the reconstruction of fragments that becomes a religious sense of re-union, a possible new communion with the nature of things. The elegance of her choices, the formal perfection of her works, are not enough to explain the charm. Every work appears as a sort of secular miracle, a tension of forces in a new unexpected balance; stones that should not stand up, plants growing upside down, white mushrooms sprouting out from the black rubber of used tires, pure crystals growing on twisted twigs…
Katia's art work is an extension of her being in the world, her installations are always the result of experiments and research carried out by herself in the field, her works are always part of events made to involve, unexpected balances that require to the spectator to think with a different logic and concretely have a real experience about something previously thought impossible.
Along with a constant production of drawings, paintings, collages and photographs, Katia Pugach has developed an original idea of art work as a staging of a whole creative process. Works that, starting from a poetic intuition develop as natural organisms, become environment, and propose themselves as a real experience to be lived in a sort of transformation rite. An alchemical idea of Art as a total expression, which involves all the senses in a general process of identification between Art and life, where the practice of art is the key to breaking the veil of conventions and experimenting with new, hybrid images where the best European artistic tradition finds new inspiration in unexpected techniques and visions.
Katia Pugach ABOUT TIME 2016 @Artpogost
Katia Pugach was born in 1981 in the city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula when it was still part of the Soviet Union, so she is part of the last generation of Russians who grew up in that particular world and then experienced its collapse and the dramatic transition to the reality we live today. In Crimea she studied and made her first experiences as an artist, when it became possible to travel she had long experiences abroad first in Paris in France, then in Los Angeles in the United States, and then permanently in Moscow in Russia. Today she lives and works between Moscow, Rome in Italy and Crimea. This origin, at the turn of different times and realities, has profoundly marked her personal way of being an artist and her imagination. The need to find a new balance between different elements, often in contrast with each other, is in fact the center of all his research. Her artistic projects are always first and foremost a way to reflect and experience what it means to be an artist today, a research that is indistinguishable from life itself and develops in a lived path in search of a possible balance between different realities.
Oreste Casalini Born in Naples in 1962, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and exposes since 1989.
His work is fully placed in the best tradition of the artistic avant-garde movements that from the thirties onwards have always combined, with masterful outcomes, architectural and artistic expression.
It represents a "monumental" achievement of the research paths marked by a natural tendency towards a painting characterized by real figurative archetypes. A fundamental vocation to drawing is the basis of his artistic career, a constructive drawing, three-dimensional, always tended to define a sculptural form, in an original synthesis between traditional values and contemporary reality. A process of continuous discovery of techniques and solutions has configured an original scenario where memories, objects and figures coexist in a sought compenetration between the parts, with some highly underlined elements, until their take on an absolute meaning. An original synthesis, cultured and powerful, defined by a gesture with no hesitation, which builds large, continuous, directly with color or just with the variations of light and shadow of the sculpture. A chromatic essentiality which tends to include in the totality monads of separate signs, so that the result is not the mutual displacement of the individual parts but rather their turn out in an unconventional harmony.
Katia Pugach FACES 2018 @Artpogost
Katia Pugach ABOUT TIME 2016 @Artpogost