ASTRA
contemporary art gallery
ASTRA
RU            

One.Two.Three

GROUP SHOW

13 Nov to 19 Dec 2019,

Moscow, Tverskaya 3, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel -2 level

Curator Irina Shulzhenko

Young and completely different from each other, auto-didactic artists have never studied painting professionally, but each has its own special background, which partly determines their expressive language. An autodidact artist is often freer in developing his aesthetics than those over whom the school dominates. However, self-taught are more difficult to fit into the context of institutions. To find their own identity, they need to constantly be open to experiment and study the visual context around them.

Jolie Alien is a young model for whom painting is, above all, a way to express and capture their own impressions and thoughts, using collage compositions and complementary colors.

Yuri Samoilov - screenwriter, director. In the works explores the boundaries of the figurative and abstract.

Pavel Solovyov is a top manager from the world of advertising and marketing, exploring the identity of a person in the modern world and creating monochrome works that inherit the search for Paul Klee and Juan Miro.

Alien Jolie

Jolie Alien is an autodidact artist who, at seventeen, took part in two solo shows and became a member of many group projects. At the same time, Jolie is a model, her dynamic life is full of vivid impressions that she is trying to transfer to her work.

Jolie Alien was born in 2002 in Moscow.

An autodidact artist, she works with catchy images, simple subjects, cropped compositions and expressive drawings.
Each work of Jolie is introspective, connected with personal memories, which partly explains her visual language, in which surreal images, geometric simple patterns, catchy inscriptions made with paint and spray cans are intertwined.

Jolie's works are reminiscent of a wall that has been covered with graffiti for a long time: figures float over each other, creating a collage effect. Jolie outlines a youth she has direct access to and is off limits to the adult world.

The artist is finishing her studies at the Moscow Art Institute, combining a career in the fashion industry, participating in the shows of such brands as Valentino, Off-White, Jil Sander, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Viviene Westwood, Simone Rocha, etc. She is filmed in international advertising campaigns for Mango, Fendi, Adidas.

Image rights of Whirpool were acquired by Mango for use in a worldwide T-shirt collection. She has been featured in the Document Journal, Vogue, InStyle, Elle and models.com about her work.

Jolie is preparing to enter Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Selected exhibitions:

  • 2020 - ENTER Art Fair. Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2020 - "I lost track of the world", curated by Irina Shulzhenko, "Richter" space
  • 2019, group show "One, Two, Three", curated by a-s-t-r-a, Cube.Moscow space
  • 2019, solo show "20.11", curated by Irina Shulzhenko and Dmitry Yanchoglo, "Richter" space 2019
  • 2019, solo show "1367 number of my tick - what to do?", Curated by a-s-t-r-a, Cube.Moscow
  • 2019, live performance at the opening of a-s-t-r-a LAB, creating a five-meter wall painting
  • 2018, solo show "I Wanted", "Kino" gallery, Moscow, Russia

Complementary colors, expressive drawing and collage of compositions of her paintings may seem chaotic to many, but this confusion, ambiguity is that special property of Jolie's works that distinguishes them from many others. As an artist, she appreciates and puts perception above reflection, intuitiveness and even a certain automaticity of her paintings make them related to art brut and some works of Jean Dubuffet.

Jolie's language is extremely subjective and even introspective. Perhaps only classical techniques can now allow an artist such the luxury of speaking about himself and fixing the reality around him as an enduring impression.

The works are in collections in Russia, China, Japan, Belgium and America.

Lives and works between Moscow, London, Tokyo.



Works


Whirpool
Alien Jolie

Whirpool, 2019

Canvas, acrylic
150 x 200 cm
Fashion week
Alien Jolie

Fashion week, 2019

Canvas, acrylic
150 x 200 cm
Four elements
Alien Jolie

Four elements, 2019

Canvas, acrylic
120 x 100 cm
when you feel good
Alien Jolie

when you feel good, 2020

Canvas, acrylic
150 x 200 cm

Samoilove Yrii

Yrii is a graphic artist and painter with an extraordinary background. His first encounter with art happened at the age of 20, when, after graduating from Moscow Film School as a screenwriter and a director, he returned to painting and drawing.

Born in 1987.

Yrii is a graphic artist and painter with an extraordinary background. His first encounter with art happened at the age of 20, when, after graduating from Moscow Film School as a screenwriter and a director, he returned to painting and drawing.

Yrii's artworks is a methodological examination of the nature of painting.  He continues the line of abstract artists of America and German neo-expressionists of 1960-70 (especially De Kooning, Baselitz and Kiefer). Through them, Samoilov looks into the question of the method, which for him is the problem of the relationship between the figurative and abstraction. The artist approaches this border with automatic writing and palimpsest of textures.

At the creation of abstraction, there is a very big risk of going into the visual precisely by accident, unintentionally. Automatic writing removes the problem by making the image identical in meaning and importance of abstraction. The line is erased, and the uniquely figurative can use the plastic language in which it is not recognized immediately.

The same with the palimpsest: Yrii applies and erases the layers of paint, covers one another, scrapes the drawing with a sharp turn of the brush and uses a spray bottle along with acrylic and pastel from the tube and pastel. The texture of these works gravitates to sculptural plastic, and therefore to the pathos of the material. The material and its modeling becomes no less interesting and important than the image itself.

Due to all the above, artworks are created, where a viewer can find a collision of different visual problems, each is attractive in its own way: from the boundaries of figurative painting, automatic and thoughtful, to pumping up the texture, as a way to overcome the painting itself.

 

SELECTED EXIBITIONS

  • 2020 — Participation in the International project of contemporary art THE WALL. Kamensk-Uralsky Art Museum, Kamensk-Uralsky
  • 2020 — Participation in the group exhibition "I have lost track of the world". Curated by Irina Shulzhenko. Space "Richter", Moscow
  • 2019 — Participation in the group exhibition "One, Two, Three" curated by a-s-t-r-a gallery. CUBE MOSCOW, Moscow
  • 2019 — Participation in the international project "Out of the Black Square". Trekhgornaya Manufactory, Moscow
  • 2019 — Personal exhibition "Dead bodybuilder". Space "Richter", Moscow
  • 2018 — Two guys / One Exhibition (with American photographer John Hunter Tenney, Free Workshop)
  • 2018 — Performance "Seven Gentlemen in Moscow". Gallery "Osnova", Moscow
  • 2018 — Performance "Round 9". "October", Moscow
  • 2017 — Performance "Sixth Symphony". Pluto, Moscow
  • 2017 — "Garden" (Experimental Art Studio Meditating Dog)

 



    Works


    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2017

    Paper, oil, acrylic
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2018

    Canvas, acrylic
    50 x 70 cm
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2017

    Paper, oil, acrylic
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Cat Eye Syndrome
    Samoilove Yrii

    Cat Eye Syndrome, 2017

    Acrylic, oil on canvas
    60 x 80 cm

    Solovyev Paul

    Paul Solovyev, a multidisciplinary artist, equally comfortable existing both in gallery spaces and in interventions in the urban and natural environment. Paul is interested in the phenomenon of destruction and ideologization of the image in nobrow culture. In his works, subcultural and iconic signs mutate, flowing into each other, dissolving and disappearing, sacred, political and advertising symbols.

    Paul Solovyev, a multidisciplinary autodidact artist working in the field of performance, non-performance art, readymade, installations, photography, painting and graphics. Drawing on the influence of his previous professional experience in advertising and fashion, Pavel focuses on the queer aspects of identity that challenge the notions of representation and the eschatological potential of the image. In his projects, Pavel studies the transformation and transgression of the image in the stream of sacred, mystical, political and advertising symbols that fill the mediums of modern mass culture. Pavel's works are in private and corporate collections in the USA, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Russia.

    Creator of the LOVE clothing brand. As an artist and designer of the brand, Pavel collaborated with such musical groups as Aphex Twin, NAADYA, Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Burzum and others.

    Member of the Club of Art Directors of Russia. Lives and works in Moscow.

    PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

    • 2019 — "Shatuny", Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin Foundation, Moscow
    • 2016 — "Phantom", Space "Science and Art", Moscow
    • 2015 — "Black", CTI "Fabrika", Moscow
    • 2015 — "War is Peace", Electrozavod Gallery, Moscow
    • 2015 — "Parts of the World", "180 m2", Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    • 2020 — ENTER Art Fair. Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 2019 — "One, two, three", Gallery "a-s-t-r-a", CUBE, Moscow
    • 2018 — "N.Kh.", Gallery "XL", Center for Contemporary Art "Winzavod", Moscow
    • 2017 — "MMXVII *", Gallery "Electrozavod", Moscow
    • 2017 — "Trigger 3D", illegal exhibition at the Kursk Station, Moscow
    • 2017 —  "Vogue Fashion Night Out", TD TSUM, Moscow
    • 2017 — Bastille Day, Koncheevo, Moscow
    • 2017 — "Revolution", CTI "Fabrika", Moscow
    • 2016 — "Cosmos.LOVE", Center "Artplay", Moscow
    • 2016 — "Reading Group", within the framework of the "Moon at Zero" exhibition, "Red" Center, Moscow
    • 2016 — "Brilliant work", Center "Red", Moscow
    • 2016 — "Postkurok", illegal exhibition at the Kursk Station, Moscow,
    • 2016 — "Bar" Joy ", CTI" Fabrika ", Youth Biennale, Moscow
    • 2016 — "The Temptation of St. Anthony", "Printing Workshop" space, Moscow,
    • 2016 — Intervention “#Monopoly”, gallery “Regina”, gallery “Pop / off / art”, gallery “XL”, gallery “Pechersky”, gallery “Triangle”, gallery “Osnova”, gallery “Here”, gallery “Electrozavod ", Apartment exhibition on Voikovskaya, Moscow
    • 2015 — Pirtoy, Tengri Umai, Almaty
    • 2015 — "Image of the enemy", Center "Red", Moscow
    • 2015 — "When I eat", CTI "Fabrika", Moscow
    • 2015 — Festival "Outline", Karacharovsky mechanical plant, Moscow
    • 2015 — "New Wave Uncut II", gallery "MSK Eastside", Moscow
    • 2015 — "# Accident", FIAN accelerator complex, Troitsk, Moscow
    • 2015 — "Futuristic Mimicry", State Museum of Mayakovsky, Moscow
    • 2014 — MMXIV *, Electrozavod Gallery, Moscow

     

    PUBLICATIONS FOR THE LAST YEAR



    Works


    US AND THEM
    Soloviev Pavel

    US AND THEM, 2020

    Хромогенная печать на бумаге
    40 x 40
    US AND THEM
    Soloviev Pavel

    US AND THEM, 2020

    Paper, mixed media
    24 x 32 cm
    gang ragnarok
    Soloviev Pavel

    gang ragnarok, 2019

    Canvas, acrylic
    35 x 35 cm
    two boys one rainbow

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