Pavel Polyansky’s new project “The Arctic” includes 12 works and is dedicated to a very fashionable topic, covered in various media, advertising, political shows, etc. That is the Arctic Region. The implements are the canvas and the acrylic, the tool is the brush driven by the artist’s hand, the outcome is the work in artistic context. In Polyansky’s works muted white color of the Arctic snowy expanse is absorbed by the soft, subtly nuanced gray of the summer air of the Arctic. However, the landscape is not desert. On the contrary, it is filled with flying and wheeled equipment, towers and other technical buildings swishing the sky and working-people bustling on the ground. It would seem that the artist has repeated the world of countless photos of the North development. No, he has not at all! The central figures are polar bears naturally scurrying around, penguins in black tuxedos and, of course, the girls who are the artist’s favorite characters. They are dressed in bikini, busy trying to catch scanty rays of the Arctic sun. The girls are nice; the animals are touching, especially penguins, which clean the territory from plastic cups. This idyll coupled with extraordinary visual expression, elegance and beauty associates with paradise and celestial bliss without religion means, but it is emotional and sensual. Nevertheless, pictures of paradise by Polyansky are pretty flavored with irony. Otherwise, why else the artist has moved the penguins from the South Pole to the North Pole.
WHERE Fine Art Gallery, Bolshaya Sadovaya 3 Bld.10, Moscow
WHEN December 7, 2015 – January 9, 2016.
Pavel-Polyansky “Over the Eternal Peace”, 2015, canvas aryl, 80х80
Pavel Polyansky “Conquerors of the Arctic”, 2015, canvas, acryl, 90х140cm
Pavel Polyansky “On the Ice Floe”, 2015 canvas, acryl, 80х80cm
Pavel Polyansky “The Bear on the Beach”, 2015, canvas, acryl, 80х80cm
Pavel Polyansky “Towers”, 2015, canvas, acryl, 90х200cm
images courtesy Fine Art Gallery Moscow / featured image: “Memory photo”, 2015, canvas, acryl, 90х200cm