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Culture news, 28.01.2004 14:45

Works of St. Petersburg artist Valery Lukka on display in Marble Palace

One of Valery Lukka's paintings The exhibition shows some 70 paintings of St. Petersburg artist Valery Lukka. They were created in late 20th - early 21st and introduce various artist's experiments (in the field of abstract art, surrealism, collage, and pop-art). The artist's works are lyric and dramatic at the same time. Besides, they are often full of irony. No surprise, the artist chose the slogan "Between Chaos and Farce" for his exhibition - "attempt to identify myself in realia of nowadays or how I feel and understand myself in this world".

Overcoming - this is how Valery Lukka and his friends Felix Volosenkov and Vyacheslav Mikhailov formulated the essence of their creative programme over a quarter of a century ago. Since that time, in collaboration and individually, they have been implementing it in their art. A painting formed with mixed techniques with filling materials, with actuation of different stuffs, finding in that new quality, some kind of "a life in the image".

Valery Lukka was first recognized as an artist by a bizarre pattern of an urban landscape, which awakened simultaneously the nostalgic notes and a certain fear of unknown. Step-by-step representation scene will gradually give place to a plastic one, which makes the artist prefer this or that plastic tradition, depending on the purpose of an image. This is how seeming destruction turns out to be a protest against successful indifferentism of formally as well as of plastically and spiritually unproblematic paintings.

It is natural of the artist to search for himself in position data of time and traditions, which leads to a series of variations-improvisations referring to works of art of the past. Lukka himself determines it as "transference of the rough texture to another aesthetic stratum. Such comparison opens to me more acutely what is eternal, what determines a level".

One of the artist's favourite genre is self-portrait. However, he does not really unites himself with the objective world, but rather divides himself as a model from the world history of arts. Lukka's self-portraits are dramatic, sometimes indulgent. There is some melancholy sadness and wise irony in them. Adequacy of his manner brings his oeuvre close to the art of lyric and dramatic poetry.

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