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Unearthly Mirrors Into Human Nature
Zari Gallery —73 Newman St, London W1T 3EJ, United Kingdom
FprBuro Communications Agency is pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition debut of "Aliens," an otherworldly collection comprising over twenty unique sculptural works by British contemporary artist, gallerist, and founder of 'Lomaka Gallery,' Olga Lomaka. The exhibition is scheduled to run from 11th to 15th October 2023 at the renowned Zari Gallery in London, UK. "Aliens" promises to offer visitors a breathtaking art journey to reflect on themes of the human condition and experience, encompassing consumerism, human desire, collective unconsciousness, and more, within the context of contemporary popular culture.
Inspired by the concept of extraterrestrial visits to Earth, Lomaka reimagines the conventional portrayal of aliens as distinctly dissimilar. Instead, her artworks reveal a striking parallel between these beings and our own human experiences, embodied through two contrasting states – the frenzied act of screaming and the tranquil practice of meditation.
"Aliens" thrives on a dual juxtaposition, with the first interplay unfolding between the unfamiliar alien realm and the familiar human world. Alien forms are juxtaposed against human desires, finding reflection in their eyes – windows to our modern fixations such as money, love, brands, conflicts, politics, substances, and technology. The monochromatic, fluid structure of the aliens stands in stark contrast to the vibrant, bold logos of brands, flags, and contemporary cultural memes.
The second interplay hinges on the contrast between the sculptures' two poses: the scream and meditation. Rooted in Western culture throughout the 20th century, the scream is epitomized by Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" (1893), while meditation gained prominence through the propagation of new age philosophy. These postures are entwined with our collective imagination, embodying both a longing to transcend the tangible world and a yearning to escape into the unknown.
”I see screaming and meditation as the two most vivid articulations of contemporary society. Both distinctly linked to our most sacred desires, which we believe to be true. Yet, something we are obsessed with – articulated through screaming – never leads us to the true self. Only in silence and meditation, through dreaming, can we reveal who we really are.”
— Olga Lomaka
Artist Olga Lomaka studied painting at institutions, including Loyola University in Chicago, USA, and Central Saint Martins College of Arts in London, UK. Furthering her pursuits, she attended Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, ultimately earning a BA (Honours) in Painting. Since then, her works have exhibited globally, begetting prestigious honors, such as the esteemed 'Best Contemporary Artist of the Year' award bestowed by Phillips Auction House in London.
The artist's solo exposition will coincide with this year’s prestigious Frieze London Art Fair 2023, contributing to the array of remarkable works on display this art season. Lomaka's residency at Zari Gallery will commence with a Press Breakfast Tour, followed by a Private View on October 10 (RVSP). From the 11th to the 15th, the exhibit will open for Public Viewing.
Join us for the solo exhibition debut of "Aliens" as we embark on a journey of human reflections from the captivating and thought-provoking mind of Olga Lomaka.
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Olga Lomaka is a British multi-disciplinary artist, gallerist, and founder of 'Lomaka Gallery,' known for her captivating artistic works and unwavering dedication to the preservation and advancement of the arts.
Encouraging innovation, Lomaka's signature style and multidimensional approach reflect a blend of traditional techniques with modern methods that span beyond painting, encompassing installations, relief sculptures, and free-standing sculptures. Here, the artist invites viewers into a world of pop-art, recognizable imagery, and consumerist symbols that intertwine with contrasting beliefs.
Refining her artistic prowess, Lomaka studied painting at institutions, including Loyola University in Chicago, USA, and Central Saint Martins College of Arts in London. Furthering her pursuits, she later attended Camberwell College of Arts at the University of the Arts London, ultimately earning a BA (Honours) in Painting.
With a strong presence in esteemed art fairs and biennales globally, Lomaka's artworks have left an indelible impression on viewers, leading to significant recognition and features. Notably, her 'Pink Magic' series, showcased at the distinguished Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, curated by Sir Grayson Perry, continues to garner praise from renowned publications such as The Sunday Times and The Guardian.
Furthermore, print editions of her art, issued by Jealous Gallery & Print Studio in London, feature annually at Art Basel Miami, the Venice Biennale, and The Royal Academy of Arts, offering firsthand encounters with her resonating creations. Her accomplishments include distinguished honors, such as the esteemed 'Best Contemporary Artist of the Year' award bestowed by Phillips Auction House in London.
Lomaka's masterful works have graced prestigious institutions and
collections worldwide, including the Pierre Cardin Foundation in Lacoste, the Fine Art Foundation in London, the Loyola University Foundation in Chicago, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA Museum) in South Korea, and more, as well, within private collections.
Through her artistic vision and unwavering dedication, Olga Lomaka continues to enrich the art world, leaving an enduring legacy that transcends geographical boundaries while captivating the hearts and minds of art enthusiasts worldwide.
Official website: www.olgalomaka.com
73 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ, UK