Translated reviews of the ARKA Gallery show in Vladivostok

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Pacifica Prize Connects Vladivostok and San Francisco

The Esalen Pacifica Prize Exhibition opened on 18 June at the Arka Gallery, organized by the Far Eastern State Academy of the Arts, Track TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy (San Francisco, California), and the Esalen Institute (Big Sur, California).

The Pacifica Prize was established in order to strengthen relations between two cities on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean—San Francisco and Vladivostok.

Four artists are represented in the show: Olga Bulgakova and Daria Bonet (Vladivostok), Sarah Hotchkiss and Rema Ghuloum (San Francisco). The exhibition space was divided into two parts: the left wall was for works by the Vladivostok artists, and the right for the Americans, and in the middle, the joint works, four paintings done by all four artists. They all had spent a month at the Esalen Institute in California, where they worked and lived.

“We are very grateful to everyone who made this project happen, we artists lived in ‘hothouse’ conditions, where we could create freely,” the artists recalled.

“This exhibition was already shown in San Francisco in February of this year,” Yulia Klimko, the Arka gallery’s art director, explained at the opening. “The exhibit demonstrates how artists on either side of the ocean look at art. Of course, it is a different viewpoint, but they have things in common.”

According to Dulce Murphy, president of Track Two, the institute has been working for over 30 years with the countries of the former USSR, but not with the Far East, this was the first time. “We were very happy to cooperate, and the mission of this show is to bring together the Far East of Russia and the Far West of America,” she said.

 

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A Russian-American Exhibition of Young Artists Opens in Vladivostok

An exhibition of artists Rema Ghuloum and Sarah Hotchkiss (San Francisco, USA) and Daria Bonet and Olga Bulgakova (Vladivostok, Russia)  opened Tuesday, June 18, at the Arka Gallery of Contemporary Art (Svetlanskaya, 5)

The Pacifica Prize was established in order to strengthen relations between two cities on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean—San Francisco and Vladivostok.

“Not far from San Francisco there is a paradisiacal place, Esalen, a kind of residence for the arts, where there are creative meetings, seminars, all kinds of events,” said Nic Iljine, a famous art historian from the US, who came for the opening of the show. “Track Two, which is developing Esalen as a creative residency, had invited me several times to participate in seminars and exhibitions. This foundation has been building creative, informal bridges between Russia and the US for over 30 years. Its projects help Americans and Russians understand each other and grow closer. When the idea came up to do a few projects in culture, this one came up unexpectedly: take young artists from two cities on either side of the ocean and give them the opportunity to live at Esalen and exchange their creative experiences. … That’s how it happened. They lived and worked together, it was a learning and creative exchange, for the American and Russian schools of painting are very different. Russia has classical painting, there is more abstract art in America. Over the month of residency, the participants became friends, found a common human and a common creative language and painted all these pictures in the show. And most importantly, they made four joint paintings. They unite two different schools of painting, two different countries.”

There was a stringent jury process for the young artists—graduates of the Far Eastern Academy of the Arts and the California College of the Arts—to be selected for the project. Olga Bulgakova and Daria Bonet said the trip to Esalen was the source of inspiration and allowed them to expand their ideas about art and most importantly, gave them daily contact with Sarah and Rema, finding creative and human points of contact.

“The four joint paintings,” the artists said, “we did not simply paint them together, but in turn, once each. We agreed that each one would work on the painting only once and then change nothing. … It was interesting to get in sync with each other and yet still manifest individuality.”

Dulce Murphy, president of Track Two, says they plan to expand the Pacifica Prize in the future.

“I think the project could be expanded by including other countries of the Pacific: China, Canada, Japan, Korea,” Ms. Murphy said. “The artists of those countries have things to share with one another.”

The exhibit at Arka Gallery will be on until 5 July.

 

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An International Exhibition of the Pacifica Prize Painting and Sculpture Opens in Vladivostok

American and Russian artists showed the uniting force of the Pacific Ocean.

Vladivostok, 19 June, PrimaMedia. 

The international Pacifica Prize exhibition of painting and sculpture opened at the Arka Gallery in Vladivostok. Four talented artists from Russia and the US offered works intended to show the points of intersection in seemingly dissimilar cultures.

The Pacifica Prize exhibition is part of an international project organized by the Far Eastern State Academy of the Arts, TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy (San Francisco) and the Esalen Institute (Big Sur). Four young talented artists spent a month at Esalen, painting both individually and collectively. Now the fruits of their creativity can be seen by any resident or visitor in Vladivostok.

The works of the Pacifica Prize divided the exhibition space at Arka Gallery into two halves: paintings in the traditional style by the Russian artists on one wall, the abstract works of their American colleagues on another. However, the young women did four paintings together. Thus, the cultures of Russia and America intertwined and formed something new and unusual.

“This was a very interesting experiment. We painted in four hands. One would start, then the painting moved to the next artist, who added her own to it,” Rema Ghuloum, an American artist, told us.

Before its arrival in Russia, the Pacifica Prize exhibition was a great success in San Francisco, where several paintings were sold.

“The goal of the exhibition is to bring the West Coast of America closer to the Russian Far East. The Pacific Ocean unites our countries and this is reflected in culture,” said Dulce Murphy, president of the Track Two institute.

 

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The Works of Primorye and American Artists Shown in Vladivostok

The Pacifica Prize exhibition of painting and sculpture opened at the Vladivostok Arka Gallery of Contemporary Art. The show consists of works by Americans Rema Ghuloum and Sarah Hotchkiss from San Francisco and Primorye residents Daria Bonet and Olga Bulgakova.  The Pacifica Prize exhibition is a joint project organized by the Far Eastern State Academy of the Arts, TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy (San Francisco, California) and the Esalen Institute (Big Sur, California).

In these works, the artists “demonstrated their views on natural beauty, the interrelation of human relations and reality, the hopes and dreams of societies and cultures that are irrevocably tied to the Pacific Ocean,” according to the gallery press release. The works by Rema Ghuloum, Sarah Hotchkiss, Daria Bonet, and Olga Bulgakova were shown in an analogous exhibit in San Francisco in February 2013.

The four young artists are laureates of the Esalen Pacifica Prize, established by TRACK TWO Institute and the Esalen Center for Theory and Research. TRACK TWO has been working in citizen diplomacy for over thirty years, including deepening intercultural understanding and solving international problems. Originally the institute focused on expanding contacts during the Cold War between the USSR and the USA. In 2013, besides the Pacifica Prize project, the institute is promoting the International Abrahamic Network and the Esalen Program on Chinese-American Potential.

As for the artists whose works are being shown in Vladivostok, Rema Ghuloum will become a professor of the arts department at California State University in the fall of 2013. She was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the California State University and then the California College of the Arts. In 2012 she participated in a group show “Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like” and the 20th annual competition exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. In 2010 she had a solo exhibition “In Remembrance of …. Artists.”

Sarah Hotchkiss lives and works in San Francisco. She has published articles on how art can illuminate visions of the future. In 2012 she had a solo exhibition “The Young Astronaut Club House” and in 2011 took part in three group shows—“Hail, Traveler!” “West No East” and “Futuro Perfecto.”

Daria Bonet graduated from the Far Eastern State Academy of the Arts in 2011.   She works as a designer at the Primorye Arsenyev State Museum and teaches art privately. In 2012 she was in the group show “Abandoned Paintings” in St. Petersburg and 2011 saw four exhibitions in Vladivostok and Bolshoi Kamen with her works—“Against Gray,” “Portrait-Self-Portrait,” “Youth,” and “Diploma Works, 2011.”

Olga Bulgakova specializes in commissioned ornamental wall paintings and teaches art privately. She also graduated from the Academy in 2011, and before that the Vladivostok Art School.  In 2012 she took part in the exhibition “New Fairy Tale,” and in 2011 she exhibited with Daria Bonet.

Pacifica Prize will run at Arka Gallery until 5 July.  Free admission.  The gallery address is Svetlanskaya, 5.