Sunday, November 29, 2009

...this is a video clip from my 2k7 visit to Kyiv, capital of Ukraine;
traditional ukrainian singer Kobzar singing a song of Ivan Mazepa
( read Lord Byron 'Mazepa' or Pushkin 'Poltava') - one of symbols
of Ukrainian independence movement of all time

Kyiv - city of miracle,
state of golden Lore -
could be sad or lirical,
could be rough of satirical,
but never ever empiriacal -
thosand years old

Remediation by Taras Polataiko @UIA

of three parts of Taras Plataiko exhibition at Ukrainian Istitute in New York I would put on the first place four black/white nudes:

they have a strong emotional appeall  and mistic of behind the Glass dark, a bit gloomy,but beautiful
melody that stay with you for a time and keep getting back and have a multiple reading of real art work;
one of nude litarally shoot at viewer with a rifle...a point when you really can forget of woman's body;-);

on the second place I would put the video/photo installation "Kyiv Classical"- vidio/photo investigation
about a disappearance of commemorative plaque from the wall of The Four Tower Building in Bad Ems (Germany) where Russian Czar Alexander II signed a secret edict prohibiting the use of the Ukrainian language in 1876; very original and timely idea, something that really hard to implement and the point when
history, modern time and artistic imagination give us a  multimeadia installation that from my point of view
require extra thinking and extra work;

"Glare" - something that couple of people I spoke to called "a quoted art" or "secondary" work or
NOT an art at all: famous Kazimir Malevich "Black square" had been  interpreted and explained many
times ( and yes we do need new idea, new approach, fresh air!);

here a link to YouTube video interview with other ukainian artist Vita Soyka (in ukrainian):
"...modern art at the state when it requires some kind of electroshock to be revived",
" seven years old could do better work than this one"

Two ukrainian artists: Michailo Barabash & Vita Soyka @ Ukrainian Institute of America

Monday, November 23, 2009

One more quote from an eighteen century ukrainian philosopher Hrygorii Skovoroda:

of death:

kto j na eya pl'uet ostruyu stal'?
tot chiya sovest' - kak chistiy hrustal'

who is to spit on her sharpened blade?
those with conscious - like virgin maid's...

In time when a cost of an human life's getting cheaper and cheaper - it's a great
a Maxima to follow and a great compass to get oriented in a moral chaos
of our modern time.
my translation from Ukrainian 2 English

Friday, November 20, 2009 first entry to my new blog "Ukraine21" could be a translation from 20th century Ukrainian Poet Volodimir Sos'ura:

Lobit' Ukraiinu y radosti mit' - lubit' y godinu negodi.
Love Ukraine in time of joy  - love Ukraine in time of troubles.

So much written about pride, love and dedication to this land, but we never have these 
simple lines:

Love the States in time of joy - love the States in time of troubles!

so, now we do have them!