“Means to No End: Vladyslav Krasnoshchok and Olga Starostina”


Past Event
A chance meeting during 2012’s FotoFest, which focused on contemporary Russian photography, led to a friendship and collaboration for Ukrainian photographer Vladyslav Krasnoshchok and Russian jeweler Olga Starostina. A discovery that their mutual desire was to bring the past to life, through old photographs and found objects, has resulted in a new multimedia exhibit at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc.: “Means to No End: Vladyslav Krasnoshchok and Olga Starostina.”

“Olga is a jewelry maker,” said gallery director Yvonne Garcia. “When they met during FotoFest, they started this collaborative work. On most of the pieces, she’s done the framework for his work. His work is mixed-media, collage, and so that’s how that collaboration starts. If you’re familiar with her jewelry-making, the framing is obviously her.”

The exhibit includes solo and collaborative works. Krasnoshchok scours flea markets for cabinet portraits and then alters them by overlaying them with drawings, photographs, clip art or three-dimensional objects to bring new form and meaning. His primary occupation as a reconstructive facial surgeon has bled into his artistic work, in which he reshapes the past through deconstruction and resurrection.

Starostina’s love of metalsmithing and recycled aluminum has evolved into a fascination with molten aluminum, which takes on a unique beauty when poured, setting the stage for the multidimensional structure it will become.

“The works are definitely more intimate,” Garcia said about the scale of the pieces. “It’s a meeting of the old with the new, where Ukraine is going, and Russia as well. There’s definitely a lot of revisiting with the past.”

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Through August 15. 2631 Colquitt. For information, call 713-522-0718. Free.

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