ARTIST’S TALK: AVA FEDOROV
Cooperstown NY– Artist Ava Fedorov will discuss her intriguing work featured in the new exhibition, Passages: Creatures & Curiosities, at the Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown.
Her artist’s talk begins at 6PM. The galleries will open at 5PM with light refreshment and a chance to look at the exhibition, that also features work by Helen Quinn and Petey Brown, prior to the discussion. Space is limited: reservations recommended though not required , text or call 315-941-9607. Please park on the lawn not on the town road.
About her ‘strange creatures’ she writes: ” It began as an exploration of the strangeness of the natural world: the bizarre creatures that actually exist, defying fiction, truly as weird as any human imagination could devise. The original concept was to fabricate a journal chronicling the journey of a fictional explorer in a Heart of Darkness-like journey, where inner and outer landscapes blur—as the explorer plunges deeper into an unknown jungle, so too do they plunge deeper into the unknown of consciousness. As I wrote and sketched, the words of this fictional journal started seeping onto the pages of the drawings. Parallel to the conceptual narrative, my artistic process also began interweaving the imagination and a living, breathing reality, combining them into something new: the evolution of the line from words into image. As a journey is built of layers: of days, of miles, these images are the result of the layering of many cycles. They began as very basic pencil drawings of interesting animals, which were then scanned, printed, drawn on again, scanned and printed and drawn on in repetition. In the process, as the line of unconscious inspiration is blurred, so is the line of the drawing itself: its origin and its completion. Evolution proves to be a more powerful force than the conscious intention of the artist. As a result, this work has an organic mind of its own.” Ava Fedorov is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, and activist who is originally from Upstate New York. Using art as an intersectional social practice of bearing witness, creating a record, and standing vigil, she pulls from all realms of her creative knowledge to portray disappearing places and the implicit nexus that connects internal and external landscapes. She creates large, abstract paintings; multimedia installations; experimental books; and global performance pieces. Ava’s work has been exhibited, collected, and published internationally and her short fiction has been a finalist for the Pushcart Prize and a PEN America award. She holds an MFA in painting from the University of Hawaii and is an assistant professor of studio foundation at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Ava is also the founder and president of CICADA (cicadaartists.org), an organization committed to amplifying the creative response to environmental justice and the climate crisis. She recently curated and exhibited in Macromorphōsis, a show addressing the overwhelming transformations that are definitive of our times, at the Brant Gallery in Boston. Her upcoming solo show, Let Me Hold You As You Disappear, at Boston’s Laconia Gallery, will open in November 2023. The exhibition will be on view Saturdays, 11-3PM and daily with a text or call to make an appointment. The Art Garage is halfway between Origins Cafe and Bassett Health Center. For more info see Instagram and Facebook Art Garage Cooperstown.