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Oxana Taran, Venise 1

Oxana Taran Venise 1, 2013

View in a room Drawing 23.2 x 33.1 x 1.2 inch Unique artwork


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Oxana Taran, Venise 1
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    Professional art gallery
    Brussels - Belgium

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  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Drawing : ballpoint pen

  • Themes

    Everyday life

  • Support

    Drawing on paper

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    23.2 x 33.1 x 1.2 inch

  • Framing

    White plastic floater frame

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  • About the artwork

    Oxana Taran’s drawings are minimal interventions in space. Taran draws what she sees and what she feels. Her drawings speak of archetypal images that come to her mind, generated by a large variety of stimuli: a display panel of a Bulgarian airline, a blind wall or the painted façade of an apartment building next to a series of modest houses, etc.

    The things she draws are not real. They are memories of a space and time that have never existed, but were generated by the power of imagination. Taran actually materializes the visual mental process into her visual language.

    The artist speaks of the “images that move ceaselessly” and she explains how she chooses certain images that appear in her thoughts. She considers her paintings as parts of a puzzle. She speaks of “unveiling a part of truth” or “representing a part of the inner face”.

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Oxana Taran

Born in: 1963 Ukraine
Oxana Taran is a Ukrainian artist born in 1963.

Memory plays an important role in her work. In order to understand her drawings, her paintings and her installations, one needs to know some information about her childhood in Kiev, Ukraine, as well as the geographic and intellectual migration that have marked her entire life. After quitting her childhood city, “flexibility” became the word of order in her life. Taran needed to adapt ceaselessly to new cultures, foreign languages, new lifestyles, new people, or, as she puts it herself, to “an almost schizophrenic life path”: she doesn’t live in only one world, but in several worlds and realities at the same time, and, despite their similarities, these worlds have very little elements in common.

Actually, Taran is fascinated neither by our Occidental dialectics, nor by the one inspired by Marxism. She is not interested in its result either - the hideous Sovietic propaganda with its posters and boring billboards inspired by Russian constructivism of the ‘20s that were everywhere in Kiev during her childhood. Today, they are merely nostalgic relics of a lost ideology (or utopia) that has disappeared for a long time. Taran stays unaffected by our occidental empiricism. She is a child of non-occidental cultural, mystique and spiritual roots that were the basis on which all of Russia was built: the Asian-Mongolian culture on the one hand, and the byzantine culture on the other.
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Oxana Taran, Venise 1
Oxana Taran, Venise 1