Andrei Rabodzeenko: Projections
interactive portrait project
November 17 - January 7, 2017
Opening Reception: November 17, 6-9 pm
Our identities are an amalgam of ever-shifting and overlapping projections -- we create projections of ourselves, our alter egos, and launch them into the world. At the same time, the world projects its interpretations of us onto us. -Andrei Rabodzeenko
River House Arts and Contemporary Art Toledo are thrilled to present Projections: interactive portrait project, featuring brand-new work by the Chicago-based artist, Andrei Rabodzeenko.
Conceived and developed specifically for the gallery’s Secor Building exhibition space, the show begins with a public opening on November 17th from 6 – 9 pm and will run through January 7, 2017.
Through life-sized portraiture and ethereal, figured wall hangings that explore the personal and social constructs of identity, Rabodzeenko continues to investigate the “vast expressive potential” of painting.
In this interactive portrait project, the artist collaborates with each subject to create a life-size, cut-out figure that crystallizes such multiple projections -- the sitters each contribute a core theme of their personalities, and the artist melds that theme into the portrait, a synthesis of their mutual projections.
Andrei Rabodzeenko lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Born in Kyrgyzstan in 1961, he trained at the Benkov School for the Arts in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the Mukhina Leningrad Academy of Art (now the Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Academy of Art). His work has been shown in Europe, Canada, Russia, the U.S. and the U
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