Vitaly Pushnitsky


`December 12, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Vitaly Pushnitsky. Day Moon. 2018. Oil on canvas. 275x187"

Vitaly Pushnitsky’s solo project “Growing. Painting” is this famous St. Petersburg artist’s fourth exhibition in pop/off/art gallery. It further develops the well-known series “Studio” – the metaphorical image of a painter's studio – on which Pushnitsky has worked for more than four years. In this project the studio is set in the natural environment, thus the artist affirms the inseparability of Man and Nature, the fusion of interiors and landscapes. Floral elements feature in some of the artist’s paintings, at the same time he brings the wholegallery space into play, achieving the perception of painting as installation.
The English word “growing”, included in the exhibition title, can also be translated as “growth” in the metaphorical sense, as well as “spreading”, for example, of vegetation. These ideas, expressed in one word, play an important role for Pushnitsky, linking his art to the creative process and to that of learning. Works of art are compared to growing organisms, painting is juxtaposed with the organic change of matter. Such an approach, similar to what is used in science or in Art when it interfaces with the latter, endows Pushnitsky’s painting with topicality.
Each of Vitaly Pushnitsky’s artworks of recent years carries substantial weight. The artist has spent months working on almost each one, turning the canvas into a vivid, multi-layered statement. pop/off/art gallery will exhibit the three large-scale works that were shown in London, Vienna and Szentendre (Hungary). The Russian public will see them for the first time. The other works from the “Studio” series are held in the major collections of Russia, including the Collection of the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation and the Shalva Breus Collection.
Pushnitsky (b.1967) was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). In 1994 he graduated from the State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (the former Academy of Arts), and he studied simultaneously in the private studio of the artist Ivan Gurin. He has been a member of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists since 1994. Pushnitsky has received numerous Art grants (USA) and created public projects for different countries (Russia, India, Denmark, Norway and others). He participated in the 56thVenice Biennale (2015, National Pavilion of Mauritius), the Parallel Programme of the European Biennale of Contemporary Art MANIFESTA 10 (2014, St. Petersburg), the I and II Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005, 2007), the Baltic Biennale (2006), and in a number of prominent international exhibitions. He has had solo exhibitions in the State Russian Museum (2002), the State Hermitage Museum (2006), the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012) and the Aslan Chekhoev Novy Museum (2012, 2017, St. Petersburg). His works are in the collections of the State Russian Museum and the National Centre for Contemporary Art, in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, in the museums of Kaliningrad and Novosibirsk, the Kala Art Institute (San Francisco, USA), the Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art (Gyeongju, South Korea), in private museums of modern art in Austria, Denmark, Russia, and in a variety of private and corporate collections around the world. In 2011, the publishing house Phaidon included him in the international list of key contemporary artists who define new perspectives in painting. Currently, the artist lives in St. Petersburg.