Alina Maksimenko

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Alina Maksimenko  

Podium (2017)
video installation, mono-channel, duration: 52 sec. (loop)



«No, not one shall be forgotten who was great in the world. But each was great in his own way, and each in proportion to the greatness of that which he loved… Everyone shall be remembered, but each became great in proportion to his expectation. One became great by expecting the possible, another by expecting the eternal, but he who expected the impossible became greater than all».

Soren Kierkegaard. Fear and Trembling

 

Alina Maksimenko
Alina Maksimenko
 

Titles (2016)


«Titles are kind of willing to relate to the construction of an existing image - alternate, reproduce themselves in details, which they are able to imagine. They take on the images of the environment, like insects or plants mimic the coloring of the surrounding, like an information field consists of signs and symbols. More...

 

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No title (2016)
Mixed media

 

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Alina Maksimenko
 

Time loop (2016)


While catching the time to the touch I am enlacing three storylines:

1. Negatives that had yet been printed on glass – remains of some Kiev photo studio, which ceased to exist a long time ago. This story from the past remains completely fictional and not connected with a certain feeling or memories for me. Those found images belong much more to the general historical memory than to “my” family album. This uncertainty, which I accept with gratitude, enhances the feeling of time distance. More...

 

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Ferris wheel (2016)
Mixed media



Work is based on family archive: on photo of my mother and father wedding ceremony. I was led by idea of ideal word with its absolute harmony, – how it can be seen in a small village in 1970. More...

 

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Orchestra pit (2016)


From the last balcony of the opera house an orchestra pit looks like an abstract composition of lines, shadows and light spots. It twinkles, shimmers and breathes — it lights up with intermission and fades away with the bell for beginning of the act. More...

 

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The steps (2015)


I wanted to bring back to life the feeling of presence of those people, whose steps have been kept in the treads of my house for more than hundred years. The project consists of five objects (boxes) with double-sided pictures of stairwells. More...

 

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Alina Maksimenko
 

«Prepared piano» (2015)
Mixed media, variable size. Sound – Vladimir Tarasov.



««Piano in Progress» is an art endeavor that aims to create a space for an organic coexistence of sound, object and the art practices of one instrument: the piano. The image of the piano is viewed here not only as an acoustic instrument carrying the entire history of music from the 17th century, but also as an artifact which has practically absorbed the entirety of most resent culture, from the early avan-garde to the conseptualist strategies of our day».

Vitaly Patsyukov

 

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The Field (2015)


There is reflection on the concept of «native» land, on getting used to a place and its history, which may seem relative, similar to a chalk drawing. You can wipe off this picture and replace it with a different history and purpose. More...

 

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Metronome (2015)


 

 

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No title (2015)


 

 

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Mother (2015)


 

 

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Wax (2015)


Wax has its' own language, which combines smell, colour and «filling» structure. Painting the light, defining its borders with the wax stripes by rubbing the surface seems to be the only correct option. More...

 

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Horizon (2015)


Once I encountered a photo, dated 1944, from Montelimar, France, which reached me quite strongly. It is about the campaign «L’epuration sauvage», which stands for detection and massacre of women, suspected in connections with the Nazis. More...

 

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Orchard (2015)


Apple garden that one had seen through the coals of dry branches and the «apple-hills» under feet. The garden as the flow of time. More...

 

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Exodus (2014)


Chapter 14 Verse 21

…and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

 

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The Presence (2014)


The works are set up on the image of St. Andrew's Church. One can see this Church from every spot of the pedestrian Podil. The exhibition is dedicated to Kyivan Podil with its mysteries, secrets and coincidences, — meetings and fortuities. It is the Kyivan cradle, the soul of the City. It is a place, as a part of which I feel myself.

 

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Darning (2014)


Cherry garden — collages, — works with elements of appliqués, — fabric, rough threads, fragments of stocking. The depth seems at stratification of materials — when every element shows up, a solo comes forward.

 

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From the private correspondence (2013)


Nice luster. But way too heavy.
VenedictYerofeyev «Moscow-Petushki»

«Dear friend — This is a dedication to all the small and big provincial towns with all of their ceremonies, pretensions and habits, in which the Splendid Luster in the main theatre on the main square was, is and will be the center of the Universe. More...

 

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My empire is going under the water (2012)


I write from an Empire whose enormous flanks
Extend beneath the sea. Having sampled two
Oceans as well as continents, I feel that I know
What the globe itself must feel: there's nowhere to go.
Elsewhere is nothing more than a far-flung strew
Of stars, burning away.

Josef Brodsky «Cape Cod Lullaby».

This quotation from Brodsky linked a cycle of my paintings and served me as a pitchfork determining the sound of the project. More...

 

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Climate control (2011-2012)


It's about working with space, with one's inner space, which borders are inviolable and non-material. One's own, individual climate in which a question of personification calls for an eternal question of someone's guarded borders. Self-discovery of new differences and similarities since every new day brings its new ego. More...

 

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The story of one disappearance (2013)


Erudite person and philosopher Nicolas Flamel (1330-1418), according to the legend, is the only person, who succeeded in preparing the philosopher’s stone, which can turn quicksilver into gold and grant immortality to its’ owner. More...

 

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Flea waltz (2010)


Painting comes in easy way — one trifle meets a trick, a Rube Goldberg machine starts a chain reaction, like a reaction on some vaccine, and it goes on and on. So I'm starting to realize that if I'll change something once again, then I get a brand new work, for which, perhaps, I already have a new meaning and new canvas. More...

 

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Season for hunting, landscapes (2008-2011)


Secret Lover of the Ukrainian Contemporary Art.
Poor Brecht complained about his grey Germany, saying that in that country alcohol should be given free of charge for those paints. Are we Germans? Look around: Kyiv is so picturesque that it models pictorial vision and pictorial way of life. More...

 

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Simply beauty (2009-2016)


Painting like a living creature is an equation with one unknown. Lighted with a dark spark, simple and understandable inorganic elements, combined in an inconceivable way, obtain the ability to live, feel, and think. More...

 

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Swan lake (2008)


The corps de ballet got drunk. Somewhere under the gridirons, behind the opera curtains, between the gloomy and hangover morning and the evening fever before the show there it was — a little creature — wandering, watching, drawing something really seriously. Now the show starts, and here it is — soaring among the lights. Feels like the Lloyd Webber's creation — a ghost appearing in the opera. But everybody is alive. Still. However, the life, soaked with the rehearsal sweat, has gained some intrigue. More...