Оpening of Ruslan Tremba’s exhibition «Quiet clock…»
On December 22, Shcherbenko Art Center presents a personal exhibition of Uzhhorod artist Ruslan Tremba. The project is called “Quiet Clock”. The artist continues to explore the expressive properties of sculpture and painting, working with unpretentious materials – acrylic, varnish, pressed paper, felt. The artist’s restrained technique acquires a symbolic meaning, acting only as a tool, a way of evaluating memories.
The exhibition combines works from different periods; old works are in line with recent ones. Ruslan’s imagination constantly fluctuates between the past and the present. Once discovered images and plots acquire a new look, are revealed through new experiences. The past is never left in the past, it is never exhausted and lifeless. The present is a dialogue with different layers of the past, its reassessment by current challenges. The artist goes this way, working with his works. The series “Bundes Eigentum”, “Dot”, “Image” and “Believers” serve as pieces of memory that are embedded in current experiences, creating a background for the series “Approaching”, “Doors are open”, “Portraits of Childhood”.
Some series are united by sacred symbols, including images of the cross and the coffin. Such metaphors have a fixed meaning, but the artist undertakes to overturn the usual associations. The coffin is associated with forever “closed doors” while the artist opens them for new beginnings. Life is subject to fluctuations – between past and future, being and death – it is consistently moving and manifesting itself in the natural rhythms of human existence and the world as a whole. Therefore, in the series “Sprouted” a new shoot takes root in the coffin and cuts a way out.
The appearance of work affects the rhythm of contemplation. Some works are built into a series, the core of which is one image or one form-spot. Works within the series are distinguished by performance, expressiveness. One series combines monochrome warm and cold, dull and bright colors. They speed up or slow down the view. Depending on the color, the expected audience reaction also changes, relies on either a quick emotional response, or weightless sparseness, or finally for a pause, an interval.
The means of expression of sculptural works is texture, namely tactile sensation captured by the eye. According to the artist, he borrows tactile features from natural forms – loose soil and relief of the bark. For sculptural works, the gaze plays the same role as in the contemplation of a painting. Saturated and sparkling colors, which cover the surfaces of objects, add picturesque features to the sculpture. In the series “Portraits of Childhood”, the artist softens the material, makes it feel the curved and concaved places, which seem to create the outlines of recognizable shapes as a result of random play. Ruslan Tremba also turns to the deformed spot, which opens and becomes clear only after long contemplation, begins to resemble an image.
Born in 1980. Graduated from Uzhhorod College of Arts (1999) and Lviv Academy of Arts (2005). Lives and works in Uzhhorod.