The LUUK exhibition project, created with the support of the TSEKH gallery, is an attempt by three artists from Luhansk to rethink the usual symbols of eastern Ukraine. LUUK is a combination of the words "Luhansk" and "Ukrainian", but artists are interested in more universal categories than national identity. In search of the place of their land in the general civilization context, they address the theme of utopia, games of mind and the transformation of the visual environment.
In a cycle of metal objects called "FORMA", Jaroslav Derkach ironically redefines well-known forms and signs with an established geometric structure. The Olympic rings, symbolizing the equality of all continents, become disjointed geometric figures in the work of "NEW OLYMPICS". It resonates with the current state of the Olympic Games, which were launched on a world scale in the 19th century. as a utopian alternative to wars, a way to maintain the spirit of non-violent competition. The two world wars destroyed the hopes of the "endless peace", and the games remained an empty form to demonstrate wealth and prestige. The traffic light is transformed in a similar way - an integral element of regulating everyday life – in the work "TRAFFIC LIGHT". It is physically impossible to climb a ladder, created by Yaroslav ("LADDER" work).
Zakentii Gorobyov's paintings are united by the name – "East". Despite the obvious connection with the geographical location of Luhansk, the artist watching at the East in the widest context. Text compositions send us to the ancient art of calligraphy and, at the same time, to modern practice of working with the font. Oriental principles of contemplation and a balanced rhythm of life are opposed to information superstition and the illusion of stability inherent in Western society.
"Martian tragedy" by Serhiy Likhovid is a reflection of how romantic desire to know the universe becomes a pursuit for the resources and control of the territories. Not so long ago, human opened up new continents with scientific interest, and the spread of "light civilization" was carried out through aggressive wars with the local population. Today, humanity conquers space and subterranean depths. What consequences will this lead to? Will we find new forms of life, or will we lose ourselves? In enamel metal, the artist creates excerpts of human history in space, but also space in man – through sculptural skulls of real and fictional creatures.
Together, these projects demonstrate shift in considering the problem of eastern Ukraine. Instead of an introspective study of local stories, artists look outside to find their own place in the world. It is not necessary to look for ready answers at this exhibition, but you can find three very different variants of the way of the artist in the outline of the difficult context.