THE ART OF YURI GERASIMENKA
Yuri Gerasimenka was dedicated to the graphic expressionists’ tradition of depicting the human form in dramatic movement.
In his series, “The Sign of Trouble,” his pieces are inspired by the writings of the novelist of Vasil Bykov. There, the trepidation of oncoming war becomes the overarching narrative as Gerasimenka delves into the psychological portrait of the human soul through an accentuated gestural language of pain. Yet alongside these terrors, Christian allusions arise to grant signs of hope. (READ MORE)
THE WORLD OF ANDREI RUBLEV.
Andrei Rublev has become a living continuation of the Gospel of Christ. Living a holy life, the purity and beauty of his spirit are perpetuated in his icons that translate sacred words of scripture into vibrantly colored saints, angels, and Christ himself. His elongated forms and delicate contours speak of a beauty that transcends the earthly sphere of life and become windows into heaven as they inspire devotion to God. At the very center of all his works breathes a dynamic and infinite love that sits as the living soul of mercy, attentiveness, charity, compassion, and sacrifice. This is best evidenced in his triumphant icon, The Trinity of a completely unique composition within the Eastern Christian tradition. Based on an Old Testament account of the hospitality of Abraham to three angels, Rublev isolates the three figures as they gaze intently upon one another. Each angel, as a symbol of the Holy Trinity empties himself for the other two in eternal self-emptying and unifying love. Their unity is all the more emphasized as their contours form the outline of a chalice to suggest the icon’s Eucharistic meaning. When one participates in the rite of Holy Communion within Rublev’s Christian tradition, taking the chalice to their lips, one tastes the love of the Trinity and allows that love to dwell within them as the highest reality of godly love. Rublev then, depicting such a mystery of his church through his icons is not only a holy iconographer, but also a visual theologian in which each of his icons offer a glimpse of love made incarnate in the life of man.