Interesni Kazki – Sacred Gravitation
The debut solo show ‘Sacred Gravitation’ by Ukrainian artist duo Interesni Kazki (featured), presented by Jonathan LeVine Gallery, on view through February 6th, 2016 (529 West 20th Street, Galley I, New York), features new works by AEC and Waone reflecting the complex evolution of man, from the moment of genesis, in a series of symbols, allegories and visual metaphors inspired by science, religion, mythology, folklore and history.
The arresting paintings and intricate drawings transcend our narrow perception of what is tangible and physically visible, and open the way towards understanding the nature of existence through the power of fairy tale. An ancestral universe unfolds before the viewer, at the intersection between the infinite cosmos and an earthly yet fantastic world defined by both wisdom and illusion, higher knowledge and deception, clear vision and distorted perceptions as in the case of time, an obsession of our current reality, which only tricks and limits spiritual growth. We witness rituals of creation, but also experiments of humanization, and the portals which allow access to unknown dimensions skilfully constructed in impossible architectures and extraordinary geometry.
The figurative compositions show human-like creatures and human-animal hybrid beings on a quest and often struggle to preserve, reveal, change or find meaning, oscillating between darkness and light. And meaning is key in the work of Interesni Kazki, and the goal is to achieve perfection, to awake the divine self through ongoing evolution and acknowledging what is truly important in life.
According to anthropologist and curator Dr. Rafael Schacter, “The celestial, allegorical paintings of Interesni Kakzi attempt to bring both the spiritual and the mystical into the everyday. Intertwining folk-history and religious imagery with science fiction and fantasy, they present the viewer with a profusion of mysterious narratives and visual fables, which they must attempt to enter into and disentangle. Inspired as much by artists such as Dali and Moebius as they are by the Ukrainian muralist tradition and native fairy tales, Interesni Kazki have thus formed a style of contemporary muralism with a transcendental, emotive aesthetic at its core, a popular, ethereal form of public art.”
‘The Genesis’ (AEC), acrylic on canvas, 66.9 x 74.8 inches
‘Beta to Alpha Transition’ (WAONE), ink on paper, 11.8 x 11.8 inches
‘Spark of Life’ (WAONE), acrylic on linen, 59.1 x 86.6 inches
‘The Humanization’ (AEC), ink on paper, 17.7 x 25.8 inches
‘Trick’ (WAONE), acrylic on linen, 47.2 x 70.9 inches
‘The Scientific Experiment’ (AEC), ink on paper, 11.6 x 15.4 inches
‘Temple of the Time’ (AEC), acrylic on canvas, 77.2 x 63.8 inches
‘The Time Machine’ (AEC), ink on paper, 26.4 x 18.5 inches
‘On the Edge’ (WAONE), ink on paper, 11.8 x 8.3 inches
About the artists
Interesni Kazki is an artistic duo currently based in Kiev made up of Aleksei Bordusov and Vladimir Manzhos, who also go by their respective aliases AEC and Waone. The pair met in 1999 while painting traditional letter graffiti in the crew Ingenious Kids (IK). In 2005, after being exposed to innovative street art they had seen abroad, they began collaborating as Interesni Kazki and abandoned style writing in exchange for figurative compositions. In 2010, they had their first solo show in France at Galerie All Over and have since exhibited in galleries in Italy, Los Angeles and New York. Their large scale murals can be found all over the world, in countries such as Mexico, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, India, South Africa and the United States.
Further reading: AEC Interview – Street Art United States (2015), Waone Interview – Street Art United States (2015), Waone Interview – dumbwall (2015), Interesni Kazki Interview – Arrested Motion (2013), Interesni Kazki Interview – FatCap (2010).
About the gallery
Jonathan Levine Gallery is committed to new and cutting edge art. Our roots go back to 1995, when Jonathan’s life-long participation in punk and underground music grew into a curatorial experiment with the visual culture that surrounded him. We moved to Chelsea in 2005, with an eye towards honoring and connecting with the history and context of Post War art. In 2014, the gallery opened a second space on the ground floor of 557 West 23rd Street. We contribute to the dialogue by challenging the conventions of the canon — exploring the terrain of the high/low and everything in between.
Images via Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Click on the images for zoom.