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Stas Orlovski

Los Angeles

Artist Statement

Over the past few years my work has become decidedly more autobiographical, referencing Russian children's books, Soviet era animation, Malevich’s Suprematism, and Hans Richter’s experimental films. The imagery draws heavily on my own childhood, by combining memories, dreams, incidents and events. Projection in these works is at once material and metaphorical, physical and psychological. A Themes of loss, memory, exile and migration are expressed with a sense of absurdity, humor and tenderness to reflect on the state of our contemporary culture and politics.

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Artist Biography

Stas Orlovski is a Los Angeles based visual artist whose work includes painting, drawing and time-based media. Orlovski was born in Kishinev, Moldova in 1969. When he was a child, his family fled the Soviet Union to Tel Aviv, then Paris and eventually settled in Toronto, Canada. Orlovski studied art in Toronto and Los Angeles, receiving a BFA from York University, a B.Ed from the University of Toronto and an MFA from the University of Southern California.

Orlovski has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. with solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and the Bay Area. His work has been included in museum exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pomona College Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Weatherspoon Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco among others.

His work is represented in the following public and corporate collections: the American Embassy in Belgium, Davis Art Museum, Chevron Corporation, Crocker Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Progressive Art Collection, Samella Lewis Collection of Contemporary Art at Scripps College, Vincent Price Art Museum and the West Collection.

Awards, fellowships and residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, George Rickey Fellowship from Yaddo Corporation of the Arts, Art Omi Residency Program, City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (COLA), J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship from the California Community Foundation, Artistic Innovation Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant.

In 2012, Orlovski was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to create a site-specific installation for “Drawing Surrealism”, a survey exhibition of Surrealist Drawing co-organized by LACMA and the Morgan Library and Museum in NYC. Entitled “Nocturne”, the LACMA installation marked Orlovski’s first foray into moving image work by combining wall drawing and collage with projected animation. Since then, Orlovski has created a number of multi-media installations incorporating stop motion animation with wall drawing, sculpture and sound.

"Chimera" and "Pastoral", Orlovski’s large-scale, animated wall drawings were shown in the fall of 2014 in concurrent one-person exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC. "Chimera" traveled to the 56th Venice Biennale as part of "We Must Risk Delight", a collateral exhibition at the Magazzino del Sale No. 3. Recent solo exhibitions include "Skazka" at Young Projects in Los Angeles and "Objekt" at Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley. In fall 2019, Orlovski will have exhibitions at the Wende Museum in Culver City and at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.



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