Santa Fe, NM, October 12-December 16
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From October 12 through December 16, Chalk Farm Gallery presents a solo show for Vladimir Kush. The entire 3,200-square-foot gallery space displays Kush’s original paintings, sculptures, drawings, and giclées. The show opens on Friday, October 12, with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. (an RSVP is required). Opening-night attendees are entered into a drawing and could win up to $500 in art-related prizes. A special preview night for collectors is Thursday, October 11, and includes a lavish dinner and an opportunity to talk one on one with the artist. Tickets to this event are limited, so contact the gallery for more information.
Kush is a Russian-born artist whose goal is “to reflect the world in the mirror of the metaphor.” Though he is inspired by both realism and surrealism, Kush uses the term “metaphorical realism” to describe his own style. “Different from art that leaves us in speechless admiration (realism) or suggests we solve a puzzle made of symbols (abstract art), metaphorical art challenges our subconscious with the symbolism of artifacts,” he says.
Growing up in Moscow, Kush developed an early interest in art. “At the time of my childhood, Russia was still behind an iron curtain, and the only way to see exotic and unusual places was by traveling in my own imagination,” Kush says. When he was just 7 years old, Kush began attending art school in the evenings, where he studied the works of the great Renaissance, Impressionist, and modern artists. At 18, Kush was conscripted into the military, where he was soon employed as an artist. Kush spent the remainder of his service painting murals and propaganda posters for the Soviet army.
Following his required military service, Kush returned to pursuing his artistic passions, and by 1987 he was exhibiting his work in multiple countries. In 1990 he began working in Los Angeles but struggled to make a living as an artist. He soon decided to move to Hawaii, where he eventually opened his first gallery. Today Kush has four gallery locations in the U.S., with plans to open more galleries around the world. —Lindsay Mitchell
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