Dacha season.
Two person exhibition with Misha Buryj.

Alexey and Misha, who are opening the "Dacha Season" at the gallery space, have never worked together before, but nominally they have a common studio – a street that serves as powerful but not the only integrating factor for both artists. The common and at the same time different for both authors is the material which they use – it is mostly found on the streets of the city. And if for Alexey these are wooden shutters, windows and doors that became a holdover, then for Misha it is waste of advertising production, pieces of plastic, plywood and cardboard - everything that could symbolize modern culture. Differences are visible in the artists’ approach - a verified plastic form on the one hand and amorphous, organic structures on the other. An exposition is built at this affinity and the controversy at the same time and it is represented not only by the personal works of each of the artists, but also by joint works, which are exposing these differences. For example, one of the central collaboration of the exhibition is the "dacha" built by Alexey Luka: a house of a pure architectural and functional shape on the outside, but having the extremely chaotic interior of Misha Buryj, decorated in a peculiar expressive manner. This object not only symbolizes a certain frontier state of publicly visible and personal, but also transfers the viewer to the city coordinate system, and illustrates the creative ways of each of the authors. Some of the assemblages continue "dacha" theme, in which artists use fabric and fragments of furniture fittings. With the name of the exhibition the artists emphasize that the working on the streets is usually seasonal thing, and the opening of this season occurs all at the same time with vacationers – in the spring, when some go out to paint on the streets and others leave the city to take a rest. However, dacha is also seen as a place of aristocratic leisure and some of the represented objects are clearly underline that.

Wood and plywood Assemblages. Mixed media, wood assemblage. Hand made paper collages. Acrylic paint on canvases. Different sizes.
RuArts gallery. Moscow. Russia. 2017.

© 2021. Alexey Luka.