Gió Marconi

Dasha Shishkin

22 Apr - 29 May 2010

© Dasha Shishkin
like a bread to a knife, 2010
acrylic, pastels on paper
149,5 x 202 cm / 162 x 210,5 cm (framed)

April 22 - May 29, 2010

Giò Marconi gallery is very pleased to announce its first solo exhibition with the Russian artist Dasha Shishkin which will be held in the underground spaces of the gallery.
Shishkin, who has been living and working in New York since 1993, initiated her career with the widely known exhibition "The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now” show at the MoMA in 2006 in which she was to be seen among the likes of Marcel Dzama, Jake and Dinos Chapman, David Hockney, David Shrigley etc.
Shishkin’s works are very diverse in nature. Her techniques vary: she alternately uses acrylics, pastels, inks and graphites and while she applies wild, colourful and bold brush strokes to her coloured-in drawings, her etchings and drawings consist of simple lines.

On display at the gallery will be various works on canvas and paper and three etchings.
Her works are figurative and her rather decorative style at first prevents the viewer from seeing that the subject matter is macabre, fantastical, melancholic and more often but not violent and on the verge of the perverse. They always have a rather old-worldly touch to them.
Shishkin’s stories are not easy to decode. She is a big storyteller who depicts scenes of sensory overload in which romance, eroticism, violence but also humor are captured but she leaves the viewer with the task of decoding her always enigmatic works.
Another tool that Shishkin likes to apply to further encrypt the messages of her works is the use of language (“Titles are like a cherry on a cake. The cherry does not make a cake a cherry cake, but it is still there to attract or distract an eye.”): in her titles she uses puns like “Fucking Children”, slightly changes the meaning of widely known truths like in “It takes Money to Feed Pretty Women” or plainly uses lines that have nothing to do with the actual work.

Tags: Marcel Dzama, David Hockney, Dasha Shishkin, David Shrigley