Monya Rowe Gallery is very pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition by Vera Iliatova.
For this exhibition, Vera Iliatova presents a suite of large and small-scale paintings. The title, Any Where Out of The World,
is inspired by the Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) poem of the same name
in which Baudelaire expresses an inability to find satisfaction in any
one location; the fact that a place exists, has a name and is any where
in this world renders it mundane by definition. Iliatova’s paintings
are analogous to Baudelaire’s sense of displacement and desire for the
as a film director, Iliatova ‘casts’ herself as several characters
contained within one painting. Referencing personal experiences and
places once lived within each ‘frame’ or painting, the visual mood
fluctuates as the seasons subtlely change from autumn to spring and the
locations alternate from Russia to California to New York. Iliatova
cinematically romanticizes the landscape of these locations and her
past experiences. The paintings tend to unfold in the same way a movie
would, but never actually unfolds as it would in reality.
painted, the narrative is artificially constructed from observation of
real characters and places that do not co-exist in actuality; these
fragments are spatially collaged together in the painting process. The
protagonists’ actions are often uncertain; are they fighting or
laughing, are they jovial or melancholy? The ambiguity of these
juxtapositions allows for a fantastical and mysterious atmosphere
simultaneously exploring sentiments of displacement and satisfaction.
Vera Iliatova received a MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University, Connecticut and a BA from Brandeis University, Massachusetts. She has also undergone studies at Sorbonne University, France and completed a residency at Skowhegan School of Art, Maine. Iliatova is a Russian artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.