Chief of Mission of the United States of America
Eric S. Rubin, Ms. Nicole Simmons and East Meets West Gallery proudly
open in October 2009 the Art exhibition of works
by Sergei Kolevatykh and Lily Balasanova.
Kolevatykh will present the series of his works "Urban Visions". Lily
Balasanova will show some pieces of her series " Transparences" made
for The East Meets West Gallery Art- project "The Floating World" and
the works under the name "Grasshopper's Song".
Michigan Avenue, 2008
Mixed media on canvas, 77x159
series "Urban Visions" inspired by modern American cities has been shown
by Sergei Kolevatykh throughout a number of exhibits in Russia and the
United States. It has been highly evaluated by specialists and art critics.
Many pieces were acquired by private and corporate collectors, such
as "Deloitte", "John Deere", "Hyatt Development" and "Johnson & Johnson".
Original piece of art is accomplished in a very intricate author's technique.
It is a complex combination of drawing, painting on canvas and a multilayered
collage composed of hundreds of computer generated fragments. Indeed,
this unusual technique creates a breathtaking effect. Every original
piece is presented in several variants of handmade giclee prints that
has become a remarkable continuation of the original paintings.
Giclee printing provides an amazing quality of images. Limited editions
of art work printed on a museum quality paper or canvas are becoming
very popular among collectors at present time.
One of the ongoing themes of artists Lily Balasanova and Sergei Kolevatykh
is the exploration of a multitude of coexisting realities, both virtual
and actual. This theme first emerged in their work in 1999, and since
then has been evolving throughout a series of exhibitions.
By introducing of the theme of 'Song of a Grasshopper" Lily Balasanova
and Sergei Kolevatykh examine computer-generated virtual reality and
how it manifests itself in the real world. This is true even for the
most secluded and intimate cognitive processes such as a way of thinking
and creativity. Balancing on the verge of this new reality coming-to-be
is a thrilling point of observation.
It is undeniable that this alternate reality can offer vast, breathtaking
opportunities. It is a place where a parallel sequence of events is
unraveling - where we are free to rewrite our mythology as we see fit;
and where, when things go awry, there always seems to be the wonder-working