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Articles

Some links and texts from articles and critics related to my activity. Most of them are in Ukrainian.

Areality

In Bazhaj’s approach one can see not only double, but even triple representation of objects! The laws of perspective, of course, appear in different way then obviously… Ervin Panofsky noted that liner perspective is not only objective construction and that spatial relations can be realized in other forms…

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Artist Who Walks…

His large canvases emanated a mighty, gloomy force. His objectless compositions bore the stamp of either geological or psychological shifts, struggles and strains. Like hardened lava, the fragments of pictorial forms seemed to be thrown upon the canvas after melting in fire and then hardening in sullen rage into cold immobility…

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DETERMINO

In all artist’s exhibitions we are impressed by those purity, harmony and consistency which he uses during the work with his paintings. The idea about the exhibition as self-sufficient work of art creates premises of intellectual action. Not only artists but also art critics and theorists are enforced to think about Vasyl Bazhay’s exhibitions…

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If You Stay…

According to one of the performers, “what we did here is what you saw and what you think it is… Our purpose was essentially limitless; it is part of the everyday process that never ends for us. You can call it if you will a documentation of what goes on every day. We also tried to recapture the idea of Macbeth…”

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Labyrinth

Vasyl Bazhaj’s project “Labyrinth” continues the action of the same name held in February, 1998 at the Palace of Arts in Lviv. The clear combination of installation, painting and performance always draws the artist’s interest and affects the most important areas of individual’s consciousness and unconscious. The dialogue between the form of the art work and the unconscious essence of the individual’s Self continues, now in new form…

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Overcome Oneself

Used to standards and classifications, we do not easily abandon stereotypes in perceiving art. It is difficult to use independent judgment if one does not rely upon the depth of cultural heritage created by our predecessors. On the eve of the Vasyl Bazhaj’s first exhibition at the Lviv Picture Gallery, someone declared: “The vogue for abstract art in the world has passed”. Since then, Bazhaj has been exhibiting new canvases in the same halls in Kyiv and without much effort abroad…

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Playing with Shakespeare’s Idea

The creator of this performance, Vasyl Bazhaj, is an artist well-known both in Ukraine and abroad. Participants of this interesting experiment tried to capture Shakespeare’s idea and transform it from a metaphysical eidos into an array of physical signs shown before the audience…

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“Vasyl Bazhaj”

Vasyl Bazhaj is a “pure” abstractionist, submerged in the controlled riot of color and form. Perhaps, if one tries hard, one can see some real objects in his compositions; sometimes he writes some letters or figures in the canvas, but that is of no consequence. Since most of our spectators have been brought up on “real life” art, they tend to see “the sky”, an “icon” or “still life” in his paintings. Bazhaj avoids giving any names to his pictures. Usually the inscription includes only the date…

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Recent Years

Every Bazhay’s exhibition united by one great idea of direct contact between the artist and the work of art. Such a contact opens for him new ways of understanding and new inexhaustible resources in creating the pure idea of Art…

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“Проект REX”

В проекті “REX” Бажай продовжує свою багатосерійність. Останнім часом помічаємо його повернення до широких гладких площин, здебільшого нейтрально-чорного чи темно-зеленого кольору з рельєфними формами контрастного живописного мазка…

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“Проект Лабіринт”

Щойно відкритий Палац Мистецтв представив цілу низку художніх експозицій, серед яких особливо виділялася неординарна виставка невпинного експериментатора В. Бажая “П’яно-Форте ІІ”. Органічний синтез живопису, інсталяції а також перфомансу як об’єднуючого їх елементу, надовго залишився у пам’яті культурної богеми Львова…

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“Проект Макбет”

Митець – вільний експериментатор, дослідницьким матеріалом якого є весь світ який його оточує. Володіючи безмежним запасом ідей, він здатний з нічого створити найдосконаліший твір мистецтва. Чи можна вважати, що відсутність будь-яких мистецьких засобів не дозволить йому створити те що він хотів?..

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“Проект МОНО”

Василя Бажая ми знаємо як монументального жестикулятора – художника який веде вічний дискурс з мистецтвом, самим собою, глядачем та експозиційним простором. Новий проект художника під назвою «МОНО» з першого погляду викликає у нас враження застиглих у часі і просторі динамічних жестів руки в процесі створення малярської структури, за допомогою яких глядач сприймає «дотикову» (тактильну) цінність мистецького твору автора…

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