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Tatiana Istomina
updated: 06/12/2012
website: www.tatianaistomina.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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26 portraits (1, 4)
26 portraits (17, 24)
Image with caption (n. 5)
Image with caption (n. 4)
Image with caption (n. 15)
Image with caption (n. 8)
Image with caption (n. 7)
Yalta conference, 1945
Gas mask
Runaway
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 1)
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 8)
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 20)
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 23)
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, documentary, figurative, historical, information, memory, text
 
 
26 portraits (1, 4) by Tatiana Istomina
26 portraits (1, 4)
watercolor on paper
2010
9 " x  6 "  x 26 " 
26 portraits (17, 24) by Tatiana Istomina
26 portraits (17, 24)
watercolor on paper
2010
9 " x  6 "  x 26 " 
Image with caption (n. 5) by Tatiana Istomina
Image with caption (n. 5)
watercolor on paper
2011
11 " x  14 "  x 16 " 
Image with caption (n. 4) by Tatiana Istomina
Image with caption (n. 4)
watercolor on paper
2011
11 " x  14 "  x 16 " 
Image with caption (n. 15) by Tatiana Istomina
Image with caption (n. 15)
watercolor on paper
2011
11 " x  14 "  x 16 " 
Image with caption (n. 8) by Tatiana Istomina
Image with caption (n. 8)
watercolor on paper
2011
11 " x  14 "  x 15 " 
Image with caption (n. 7) by Tatiana Istomina
Image with caption (n. 7)
watercolor on paper
2011
11 " x  14 "  x 16 " 
Yalta conference, 1945 by Tatiana Istomina
Yalta conference, 1945
fragments of 3 photographs, tape
2011
14 " x  16 " 
Gas mask by Tatiana Istomina
Gas mask
watercolor and collage on paper
2010
9 " x  12 " 
Runaway by Tatiana Istomina
Runaway
watercolor and collage on paper
2010
14 " x  13 " 
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 1) by Tatiana Istomina
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 1)
watercolor on paper
2010
12 " x  9 "  x 32 " 
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 8) by Tatiana Istomina
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 8)
watercolor on paper
2010
12 " x  9 "  x 32 " 
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 20) by Tatiana Istomina
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 20)
watercolor on paper
2010
12 " x  9 "  x 32 " 
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 23) by Tatiana Istomina
Female elements in the Russian Civil war (n. 23)
watercolor on paper
2010
12 " x  9 "  x 32 " 

Artist Statement
My art practice owes a lot to my Russian background: I use historical texts, photographs and archival footage from Russia as sources for my works. Most of my projects deal with Russian history in its continuous transformation, as it is invented and re-invented by the contemporary society within and outside the country. My connections with Russia and the physical and cultural distance between Russia and the US, where I live now, create a position that conceals a strong personal involvement under a neutral, pseudo-scientific attitude. The fake objectivity partly derives from the many years of my working in science; many of the strategies I use in my art practice also come from this background and from the scientific procedures of collecting, manipulating and re-presenting empirical data. The more I work with historical documents, however, the better I realize the impossibility of separating “objective” historical knowledge from subjective, private accounts of historical events. That’s why a physical gesture is an important element of my practice. In my photographic installations, printed images are cut and/or folded by hand. In watercolor drawings, which at a first glance look very much like photographs, the image is composed of seemingly accidental agglomeration of marks and dabs of paint. In many of my projects the same image is used repetitively for different drawings, and each new variant is created through its own set of painterly accidents that converge to create an image both highly controlled and fortuitous – not unlike a private, “subjective” experience of historical events.

Artist Bio / CV

Education:

Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, USA - MFA in fine arts 2011 (painting, drawing, video and animation)

Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA - PhD in geophysics 2010 (computer modeling; coursework at Yale Art School)

Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia - Honor Diploma in geophysics 2000

Solo shows:

2010             Janus Project, Mis(Translations), curated by Chris Mansour, Brooklyn, New York, NY 

Selected group shows:

2011            Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Impossible community, curated by Evgeniy Fiks, Moscow, Russia

2011            571 projects, Seductive resolution, curated by DTL projects, New York, NY

2011             the Kitchen, Parsons MFA thesis show, New York, NY

2011            E13 Gallery (Parsons), Lookalike, New York, NY

2011            Parsons @ CAA Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York

2011              UCI Art gallery, Cult of the ruin: Strategies of accumulation, UC Irvine, CA

2010             Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Re-Imaging Orozco, New York, NY

2010         E13 Gallery (Parsons), Such, such were the days, New York, NY

Collaborations:

2011            Evgeniy Fiks, “Portrait of 19 millions”

2010            Enrique Chagoya, “Re-Imaging Orozco“, wall drawing

Publications:

Chris Mansour in Conversation with Tatiana Istomina, Chicago Art Criticism, May 20, 2010

Invited Talks:

2010             Hunter college, Focus and Motivation lecture series, New York

2010             Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School, New York

Selected honors and Awards:

2011              Graduate Student scholarship, Parsons The New School for Design

2010                 Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee