Audrey Ushenko: Recent Work
In each of Ushenko's works, we are casual observers of a domestic, suburban life - witness to the private spaces of the artist. It brings to mind the effeminate décor of a parlor scene, or a window showcasing domesticity; a unique take on the suburban life. One still life captures her artist's living room in a contemplative mode-a literal "room with a view." Perhaps a statement on the ever-disappearing "American Dream" and the unsettling middle-ground the United States currently finds itself, her imagery has a certain undertone of disquiet. Quaint though her still lifes may be, there's a stark coldness to each of her brushstrokes. Concentrating on a color palette of flesh tones set amidst a desolate winter backdrop, she injects a humanlike quality to objects that are not living.
Ushenko's work in many ways concentrates on the tranquilities of Americana and the rapidly vanishing middle class. Her work also brings to mind the light- dappled portraiture of Eric Fischl's earlier work and the broad brushwork and constant motion of Lucien Freud's subjects' physicality.
Audrey Ushenko earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S., including the National Academy of Design, NYC; and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Bloomington, IN.
There will be a reception held on Thursday, October 11, 2007 from 6-8PM.