Stas Orlovski: Chimera

September 14, 2014–January 11, 2015

Long fascinated by sources such as the Soviet-era children's books from his own childhood, Japanese prints, and Dutch botanical illustration, Stas Orlovski has mined this vocabulary of images, ideas, and motifs for his drawings, collages, paintings, and prints. For Stas Orlovski: Chimera—using the magical projections of the 18th and 19th century Phantasmagoria shows as a point of inspiration—he creates a moving drawing where disparate histories, events, and dreams collide. The installation is accompanied by an atmospheric sound piece composed by Steve Roden specifically for Chimera, collaged, much like the installation, using various recordings of instruments from Roden's collection of Victorian-era instruments such as: a harmonium from India, a Gibson banjolele, a long neck banjo, a strohviol—and Roden's voice.

Stas Orlovski: Chimera is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Funding for this exhibition has been generously provided by United States Artists Hatchfund and the Center for Cultural Innovation.


Image Credit:

Stas Orlovski, Chimera [production still], 2014. Wall drawing, collage, stop-motion animation, and sound. Courtesy of the Artist. Sound by Steve Roden. Post-production by Beau Leduc.


Press Release:

http://pmcaonline.org/press/StasOrlovski_Chimera.pdf


Related Programs:
Sunday, November 2 at 1:00pm
In Dialogue
Join artist Stas Orlovski in conversation with Steve Roden (sound), Beau Leduc (post-production), and Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Carolina Miranda. The discussion will focus on the ideas, themes, and processes behind Chimera, Orlovski's new multi-media installation combining wall drawing, collage, stop-motion animated projections, and sound.