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polina barskaya
updated: 05/29/2014
website: Polinabarskaya.tumblr.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
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Dacha
Cousins
Miami
Vacation
Joshua Tree
Rockefeller Center
Miami Beach
Tree Lights
Vacation
Honeymoon
 
Portfolio Keywords:  portraiture, identity, childhood, figurative, psychological
 
 
Dacha by polina barskaya
Dacha
Acrylic
2014
8 " x  10 " 
Cousins by polina barskaya
Cousins
Acrylic
2014
24 " x  18 " 
Miami by polina barskaya
Miami
Acrylic
2014
18 " x  24 " 
Vacation by polina barskaya
Vacation
Acrylic
2014
24 " x  18 " 
Joshua Tree by polina barskaya
Joshua Tree
Acrylic
2014
6 " x  8 " 
Rockefeller Center by polina barskaya
Rockefeller Center
Acrylic
2014
8 " x  10 " 
Miami Beach by polina barskaya
Miami Beach
Acrylic
2014
8 " x  10 " 
Tree Lights by polina barskaya
Tree Lights
Acrylic
2014
8 " x  10 " 
Vacation  by polina barskaya
Vacation
Acrylic
october 2009
10 " x  8 " 
Honeymoon by polina barskaya
Honeymoon
Acrylic
2014
8 " x  10 106 " 

Artist Statement

Polina Barskaya was born in Cherkassy, Ukraine in 1984 and currently lives in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, in an apartment overlooking a parking lot and an ocean. Steeped in this neighborhood’s Russian immigrant milieu, Barskaya is a painter not just of people but of families. Her portraits encompass an ability to conceive of generations in the abstract, alongside an insistence on her specific experience as a daughter and granddaughter. Barskaya has two modes: disinterested and wholly consumed. This duality finds a natural medium in watercolor, which allows the shift, in a single stroke, from intense coloration to ghostly blur. Every approach to belonging to life — sadness, boredom, an itch — is on display. Barskaya, working from photographs, is driven by a true need to chronicle. A need to express what is already lost, even as something new — a painting — is being created. Crease-shadows made by a father’s paunch packed into too-small shorts, an amoeba of untamed Jewish girl hair, faceless figures pressed together against a harsh geometric background that mirrors the nondescript scramble of memory and years.

 Written by Yelena Akhtiorskaya


Artist Bio / CV

Polina Barskaya                                        
Barskaya.polina@gmail.com
646-401-4431
109 Congress Street, 1R
Hunter College B.A.
Pratt Institute M.F.A
PolinaBarskaya.Tumblr.com

Honey Ramka gallery, co-founder/co-director, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibitions:

2013 JCC Manhattan, Recent Paintings, New York
2010 Kent Place School, The Visitors, New Jersey
2010 Steuben Gallery, U.S.A, A-OK! MFA Thesis, Brooklyn

Group Exhibitions:

2013 AS | AP, Pop-Up Show, Brooklyn
2013 Suite 217, Pop-Up Show, Brooklyn
2013 Suite 217, 25 Artists, Brooklyn
2013 Loft 594, Bachelorette Part, Brooklyn
2013 Sideshow Gallery, Sideshow Nation, Brooklyn
2012 NURTUREart, 2012 Benefit, New York
2012 Field Projects, How to Write a Novel, New York
2012 Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Pratt Alumni Painters, New York
2011 Sideshow, Mic:Check, Brooklyn
2011 Set Gallery, Distanced from the Source, Brooklyn
2011 JCC Manhattan, Migrants:Nation, New York
2011 Spazio 522, Salon, New York 
2011 Lone Wolf, Absinthe Minded, Brooklyn
2011 JCH Bensonhurst, Art Contact, Brooklyn
2011 Sideshow Gallery, It's all Good (Apocalypse Now), Brooklyn
2010 Laba Gallery, A Piece of Pratt, New York
2009 Steuben Gallery, Pratt Symposium 2009, Brooklyn
2009 Steuben Gallery, Open Studio Exhibition, Brooklyn
2005 The Water Street Gallery, Fusion, New York
2003 Digital Sandbox Gallery, Memoirs in color, New York

Publications:

http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/off-the-press/30-artists-to-watch-in-2012-part-iii
http://thealternativepress.com/articles/the-visitors-polina-barskaya-opens-at-kent-pla