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Vibrant Visual Adventures with Alder Crocker and Oksana Tanasiv

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Saturday, 6 May 2023 to Sunday, 28 May 2023
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Saturday, 6 May 2023 - 6:00pm

Vibrant Visual Adventures with Alder Crocker and Oksana Tanasiv

Oksana Tanasiv Gallery presents it’s May guest and invites visitors to the Vibrant Visual Adventure of Alder Crocker  and Oksana Tanasiv

May 6- May 28, 2023

Opening reception on Saturday, May 6 from 6pm to 9pm.

The exhibition will be open to the public from May 6 through May 28. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 6pm to 9pm and will include a moderated conversation between the two artists. The gallery will be serving alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, and lite-fare.

Interested collectors may call the Oksana Tanasiv Gallery to arrange a private appointment Monday-Wednesday or visit the show Thursday-Saturday , 2-6pm.

Oksana Tanasiv Gallery is located at 70 South Main Street, in the heart of SoNo, CT. The gallery is easily accessible by Metro-North and is only a 10-minute walk from the South Norwalk train station. For those traveling by car, metered street parking is available paid by credit-card or coins. Parking may also be purchased at the Haviland St and SoNo Square lot, located approximately a 5-minute walk from the gallery.

Alder Crocker is a unique artist whose life story shocks and fascinates at the same time. A sudden traumatic accident changed his life forever, leaving him with a physical disability and an amazing new creative ability.

Alder is an abstract artist who uses unique color combinations, specific visual symbols, dates, esoteric signs and words from ancient archaic alphabets, and transforms them into abstract compositions and paintings. As the artist himself says:  “I want to take people on bright, original visual adventures that are as fun as they are unexpected. I hope, at the same time, my art allows people to rid themselves of life's difficulties at least for a moment."

Alder found his talent as part of his rehabilitation from a freak accident in 2018 that left him a quadriplegic. Having experienced a traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, he awoke from a coma with a newfound ability to paint, the rare beneficiary of Acquired Savant Syndrome, which was uncovered during art therapy. His colorful abstract expressionism has resulted in some of the most vibrant works that will take as a part of exhibit with the work of Oksana Tanasiv.

Alder is a lifetime member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, CT, offers his unique talents as an Artist in the Classroom to local schools, and his work is collected both domestically and internationally.

Oksana Tanasiv is an artist whose work can be found in private collections worldwide. Her experience as a multinational, Ukrainian-born, American artist and former career as a model, visual decorator has gifted her with a unique perspective inspiring her work to speak upon issues diverse as economics, spirituality, fashion, celebrity, and beauty. Tanasiv demonstrates communicative strength in realism, surrealism, abstract, and pop art throughout her many collections. She can be found experimenting with a variety of techniques and media. Her most recent series, Code U, utilizes layers of epoxy and collage with interactive LED lights to convey her message of eternity and the profound joy of life.

 

In 2020, Oksana opened her new gallery located in the heart of SoNo, Connecticut. She is using her space to create a flourishing community of Tri-State Area artists and collectors.

 

Currently Oksana is represented by Gallery Makowski in NYC, Miami &LA Art Fairs, Paris, Berlin and China; Sorokin Gallery and Chilton&Chadwick in Greenwich, Katarina Zavodszka Gallery and Big Art Now in Palm Beach along with Art Central Galleria in NYC. Her work has been sold both internationally and throughout the United States.

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Blah blah blah... it's pretty boring, but if you actually are interested...

The first thing you notice about me is that I am a quadriplegic in an orange electric wheelchair, the result of a freak accident in May of 2018 where I broke my neck and instantly became 85% paralyzed. When I am not speeding around the house or the neighborhood, the second thing you realize is that while my shoulders and arms have range of motion, I have no movement in my fingers. Together, these non-traditional faculties define my unique techniques and style... as prior to my accident I hadn't painted since 3rd grade, when my bowl of fruit was referred to as "compost."

​The next time I picked up a brush was during my rehabilitation, over 40 years later, where I had four (4) brief art therapy sessions to help improve muscle memory. And the darnedest thing happened... as soon as I had a brush in my hand, images and colors began to flood my consciousness... and quite miraculously, I was able to paint - the beneficiary of Acquired Savant Syndrome. The traumatic brain injury had somehow uncovered latent artistic ability.

​Unaccustomed to the deep chasms of despair, loneliness and fear, I bullied myself into accepting nature’s randomness and immersed myself in the powers of color and light. The very act of painting, of holding a brush, squirt bottle or paint tube in my palms now gives me the undeniable value and purpose I could not find after the accident – a verifiable and challenging place in the world. On terms I have defined and accepted.

​The result: the emotional transference of the Christmas morning joy I wake up with every day, combined with the instinctive use of symbols and shapes from my journey, and the appreciation for the absolutely unpredictable nature of life… all woven together to create fantastical, vibrantly colorful, visual adventures as equally unexpected as they are good fun. 

​And maybe, if I am lucky, I can help just one person escape life's daily pressures and difficulties... even if only for a fleeting moment.

​Focusing primarily within the field of abstract expressionism, I have worked hard to come up with the most efficient and effective methods to deliver on canvas. Utilizing latex and acrylic paints and the occasional ink, I use a unique action painting technique I describe as "the 4 corners approach". Because I must remain in my chair, I paint on a canvas laying flat on a table, and rotate the canvas continuously until completed. Essentially, I am therefore painting from "all four corners and sides", and inherently painting four paintings within one painting itself. The hidden bonus: many of my paintings can be viewed and hung from any of the four sides. 

​I am still realizing my voice, and enjoy paying homage to some of the greats - from Pollock, Kandinsky and Kline to de Kooning, Johns, Haring and Reinhardt - and you will see hints and shades as you review my portfolio. Additionally,I am influenced by the art and alphabets of ancient cultures, including the Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians and Mesoamericans. 

​Born and raised in New York City, I now live in Fairfield, CT

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Oksana Tanasiv Gallery is located at 70 South Main Street, in the heart of SoNo, CT. The gallery is easily accessible by Metro-North and is only a 10-minute walk from the South Norwalk train station. For those traveling by car, metered street parking is available paid by credit-card or coins. Parking may also be purchased at the Haviland St and SoNo Square lot, located approximately a 5-minute walk from the gallery.

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