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On 7 December 2017, at the cultural and historical centre "Owl’s Nest", it was opened an exhibition of the contemporary Transcarpathian art "Goodbye, Word!". 

The exposition, supported by the Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art, presents paintings, graphics, photographs, objects and installations. The curator of the exhibition is Taras Tabaka.

Presented are about fifty works. According to the curator, the exposition was planned as a definite result of the cycle of the previous group projects of the contemporary Transcarpathian fine arts and the beginning of a new history. "Evaluating modern informative world, we simply suggest thinking about the separation of the concepts such as "information" and "content", says the curator Taras Tabak. He also explains that this is the reason why the exhibition is titled "Goodbye, Word!", and the epigraph to it is the line from the Bible: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1-17. 

The co-founder of Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art Nataliya Brovdi noted: "More than two dozen young artists taken part in this project – a worthy representation and demonstration of the contemporary art of the region. Their communication and interaction – a true phenomenon of the multinational Transcarpathian school of painting."

The artist, Vlad Habda, who presents his diptych "Uncommon Art", explains it as follows: "One picture is called "Voting", the other - "Pigsty". They reflect my experiences of what's going on around me. Let’s take "Voting" for example – with this work I want to say about the way some decisions are pushed by raising hands or pressing a button, some kind of silent voting. This is my white manifesto – the reaction to the surrounding events..."

img_0026.jpg — 465.78 kBVlad Habda

The sculptor, artist Beata Korn presented at the exhibition her "Miniature of Three Moves". The idea of her artistic object she explains this way: "Any work is reproduced by a certain concentration of artist’s movements. I was interested in how can one concentrate as much as possible and create his emotional state with minimal means and movements? It seems that when people do not spend superfluous forces on other movements but concentrate on one, it is energetically felt in the work. In such a case, it is felt the maximum impact."

img_0033.jpg — 379.49 kBBeata Korn

Ivan Nebesnyk, an artist: ‘In the second half of the 20th century, philosophers and artists made a discourse on whether art has the right to develop in the future, following the decorative function, suspended from everything tragic as well as from the critique of our era. This question remained relevant even when we got the computers and our lives were full of images. We started moving from the text to the visual era. Now the image without a "tag" no longer makes sense. This particular series of works is called "After all" - this is a kind of indulgence, which I give myself to create paintings after all... After tragedies, euphoria of the past decades, environmental shocks, and after an image lost its meaning.’

img_0036.jpg — 333.00 kBIvan Nebesnyk

Andrii Kartashov, an artist: "Every exhibition is a nice reboot for me: through communication with the viewer, colleagues, a reboot through the rethinking of myself in the context with others. Firstly, it is some kind of energy, and secondly - gratitude to people, who helped to hold this exhibition. With this very work, I wanted to convey the importance of faithfulness to my inner personal ideals and experiences, even if they were not always optimistic. It's like being true to yourself. Time goes on, values change, but in each person’s heart there are some clusters of truth and meaning, which perhaps are not so relevant now, they do not fit into the context of society and culture of the current time. But this is exactly what my inner life as an artist consists of."

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The painter Eduard Prykhodko presented three works – "Facades", "Game" and "Silver Birth". The artist says: "I wanted to reveal the problem of genetic memory, heredity and a man's striving for self-improvement," Prykhodko noted. This is an attempt to solve this subject thanks to the principle of the golden section, the ideal harmony, and this is the principle that I tried to use in the works of this cycle."

img_0042.jpg — 240.86 kBEduard Prykhodko

The photographer Robert Dovganych created a series "Usual Rhythms", especially for the exhibition. "In developing the plan of the works, I had two goals: visual-aesthetic and semantic-emotional," the author commented. If the first one was achieved by combining the rhythms of objects, colours, shapes and large format, then the second was more complicated. The objects depicted in the series are empty in their essence, artificial and "lifeless". There are a lot of them, and they are constantly in "motion", they "vibrate". These objects symbolize "word". Thus, the whole series symbolizes "idle talk", the lack of meaning and value of words in our time, if I can say so. There is a lot of information, it needs to be filtered and selected the right words."

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Andrii Voznytskyi, a sculptor, tells about one of the two presented works: ‘“Dark Matter”. The idea to create such a spatial object came a long time ago, probably, from my children's hobby -palaeontology. Perhaps for someone this work reminds of a dinosaur skull, for others – a spiral of the Universe, but in the context of the exhibition general idea, the work reminds of the mankind prehistory and makes the viewer think about the past, futureю, where we are going, or whether we are going the right way. In general, this exhibition is a small but powerful first step to the grandiose changes in the contemporary art of Transcarpathia.’

Another participant of the exhibition was a photographer Cube Cuba: "Classical philosophy has already exhausted itself, it is being replaced by the contemporary art. Here, it’s not a question of the idea itself but of the feeling itself. And this is even more of internal feeling! In fact, everyone at the exhibition presents his emotions, and therefore there are a lot of worthy, cool works. If it were possible, I would come here every day for at least a few hours to look, think, and analyse!"

Among the participants of the exhibition there are Viktor Melnychuk, Beata Korn, Ruslan and Emma Tremba, Ivan Nebesnyk, Mykhailo Khodanych, Vladyslav Habda, Robert Dovganych, Cube Cuba, Nataliia Tarnai, Nata Popova, Oleh Tokar, Andrii Kartashov, Eduard Prykhodko, Vladyslav Horbunov, Vasyl Kadar, Olesia and Andrii Voznytskyi, Oleksa Dynnyk, Volodymyr Pavlyshyn (junior), Mykhailo Melnychenko, Viktor Domin, and Taras Tabaka.

Text: Nataliia Petervari
Photo: Taras Vovchyn, Robert Dovganych