03/07/2009, Bottega Gallery, Kyiv, UKRAINE
The intensive crescendo of the violin part was sounding in the studio, and the mind was reacting actively on the sound formations and passages, organizing its code with the key word “Paganini”. That is how I imagined to myself what has induced Vasyl Bazhay to start his new art cycle. The astonishment was endless. Twinkling spaces, expressive dab and abstract-figurative composition of the last works were changed by majestic areas with well-defined outlines of colour-saturated forms.
New works of the artist are opening absolutely another, unknown potential of form creativity where the rich colour plays not the last role, as a tool of origin of the painting form. As never before, the painting areas sound in two ways: when you come closer – you see the classical, “your own” Bazhay, when you step aside – the new Bazhay appears – the master of form metaphysics, illusion creator. “Paganini” made his deal – he encoded the figurative language of the author into the new format. Contrast and counterpoint of the areas give rise to the depth and extensionality of the platitude that used to be flat.
This is the new stage – generally another approach of Bazhay to the picturesque structure, but there are no reasons to say it appeared spontaneously. In the beginning of the 90-s the artist started with two personal exhibitions. Some of the paintings presented there possessed the similar energy. But probably the time for the further development of this cycle hasn’t yet come. Up to today. As well as James Cameron has matured the ideas of his “Avatar” for nearly seven years, Vasyl Bazhay internally worked with the form metaphysics. The examples of these experiments partially appeared in different projects and at last materialized in the project “Paganini”.
Roman Hankevych, art critic
More informations as well as small gallery of new paintings can be seen at “Bottega Gallery” web-site.