Katya Usvitsky: Easy to Bare
August 8 through September 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 6 – 9pm
Noysky Projects is pleased to present recent work by Katya Usvitsky as our inaugural exhibition.
Usvitsky’s work is sturdy but soft, the pieces are molded and sewn to form cocoons, both similar and otherworldly. The art resembles natural forms: cells, atoms, eggs, bacteria, cancerous growths, and skin – anything having to with the body but also femininity. Sewing, often dismissed as a domestic practice, is celebrated in the work. Some pieces hide the stitches while others wear the scars proudly.
The work bypasses the surface to dig deep into the subconscious. While containing an inherent sense of comfort, the soft materials are also transformed into grotesque, overgrown shapes and holes that are reminiscent of body parts we often keep under wraps.
Katya Usvitsky was born in 1981 in Minsk, Belarus. She immigrated to the US with her parents in 1992, around the time of the collapse of the USSR and her work remains deeply influenced by the crafts her mother and grandmother taught her in the first decade of her life. She has lived and worked abroad in Florence, Italy and Genera Switzerland before setting for a decade in New York City. She had exhibited in Seattle, New York, St. Paul, Washington DC and San Diego. “Easy to Bare” will be her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
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