Davis Art Center will host a solo exhibition of work by San Francisco-based Russian artist Ted Vasin from June 27 – July 25, 2008. The exhibition consists of over a dozen colorful and geometrically precise paintings along with a site-specific sound installation. A live sound performance will take place on Friday, July 11 at 8pm.
Bridging the gap between fantastical dreams and quotidian life, Ted Vasin’s work communicates an unfamiliar perspective, an enveloping multi-dimensional world containing shapes that defy simple associations. His paintings are crisp and precise and make use of a wide variety of metallic pigments and robust colors. The artist mixes these with particles that refract light, shift hues, and become iridescent, each visual aspect carefully designed to frustrate the viewer’s ability to pin the image down and name it.
Vasin’s sound compositions have an intuitive symmetry and are complementary to the artist's shapes and colors. Ambient sounds are processed until they emerge as dream-like representations of themselves, while electronic instruments are almost hyper-real in their presence.
“Vasin’s paintings based on digital sketches are full of energy that comes from their colors and imaginative forms on an almost horizon-less canvas. The mathematical precision of the paintings intuitively relate to the accompanying sound episodes. The juxtaposition between the imagery and sound makes the work feel dream-like yet familiar.” – Laura Stewart Heon, SITE Santa Fe.
Vasin has exhibited at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, as well as at the Pacifica Center for the Arts, and has participated in two residencies through programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including New American Paintings and WIRED magazine. In 2006 he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
An opening reception will take place at the Davis Art Center from 7-9pm on Friday, July 11. The reception will include a live sound performance from 8pm – 8:30pm.
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