bis 21.05. | #3383ARTatBerlin | nüüd.berlin gallery presents from 8th April 2022 the solo exhibition Sur la table with paintings by the artist Anna Tunikova, which find their starting point in archaic forms.
Anna Tunikova’s large-format paintings take up tools and other utilitarian objects in archetypal patterns. Tables, chairs, a fireplace, simple crockery and cutlery form the subjects of the painted surfaces on monochrome earth-coloured backgrounds.
A table, which rather introduces the abstract concept of “table”, is not exuberantly set, but only a stand for a single cup (“Sur la table”). This or a single chair (“Chair”) or stool (“Midnight”) appear stony and massive despite their simplicity. At the same time, the paintings’ light brushwork and simple strokes seem to be a product design of stone-age tools, reflecting the artist’s roots in graphic design.
How do you find focus in a diffuse world, how do you find calm in times of unrest? For the confrontation with an accelerated present, in which consumerism and information overload reign, the artist draws on an originally imagined and mythical past. She creates worlds of colour from ochre to umber and celebrates forms and patterns in her oil paintings that are reminiscent of rock drawings, abstract signs and lines in cave painting.
The cave art to which the artist refers in her form of expression is the earliest art of Homo sapiens and the oldest evidence of the human use of pigments and binders. Anna Tunikova knows how to put the viewer in a meditative state with a reduced range of forms and natural colour tones. In this field of tension between the times, what the audience is looking for opens up to them: calm and focus.
Anna Tunikova was born in St. Petersburg in 1994. She went to school in Schleswig-Holstein and has a degree in communication design. The artist comes from a family creative background. Tunikova first experimented in airbrush with gaudy colours and painted figurative pictures, but soon realised that these pictures did not express what she herself felt at the time: contrary to the flood of impressions we are exposed to every day anyway, she longed for calm and simplicity. Anna Tunikova lives and works in Berlin.
The Russian-born artist is following the war in Ukraine with dismay and great concern and, like many other Russian cultural workers, is committed to showing solidarity and helping the people in Ukraine. Anna Tunikova is currently working on an oil painting in the darkened Ukrainian colours of yellow and blue, 100% of the proceeds of which will go to Ukrainian refugees. (Price: € 4,400)
Vernissage: Thursday, 7 April 2022, 6:00 pm. The artist will be present.
Exhibition dates: Friday, 8 April to Saturday, 21 May 2022To the Gallery
Title image: Anna Tunikova, Sur la table, 2020, Oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm
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