On Feb. 15, Fort Gansevoort will open “Soviet Childhood,” presenting new paintings and drawings by Zoya Cherkassky.
A continuation of the artist’s 2019 exhibition at Fort Gansevoort New York, “Soviet Childhood” evokes the specific social realities of mundane Soviet daily life while uncovering the complex phenomenon of nostalgia that affects the final generation of Soviet children.
Cherkassky, just 15 years old when the USSR collapsed, creates her paintings with precision. From rigidly structured school buildings to vibrant clothing, a multitude of artifacts fill and give life to her scenes. Representing varying Soviet realities, Cherkassky’s work narrates specific stories in addition to sharing such simple everyday situations as daily commutes and chores. Through historical research and memory, she gathers together recognizable objects and patterns to reconstruct a bygone era that defines millions of identities.
Having begun the Soviet Childhood series while pregnant with her daughter, Cherkassky portrays her own childhood utopia and simultaneously conjures a feeling of catastrophe, neither glorifying nor decrying Soviet life.
An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Fort Gansevoort Los Angeles. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Fort Gansevoort is located at 4859 Fountain Ave. For information, call (323)928-2332 or visit fortgansevoort.com.
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