Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn

Black & White Gallery/Project Space is pleased to announce its participation in VOLTA NY 2018 with solo presentation of works by New York-based artist Shimon Okshteyn which includes paintings from his series Girls (2015) and Dangerous Pleasures (2010).

During his successful career, Okshteyn frequently looked to varied sources as departure points for his work finding endless inspiration in the mechanics and materiality of diverse processes to mine the dynamic relationship between the perceptual, the psychological and the representational.

Investigating the expanded status of the image in our current moment, the works on view are structured as pictorial compositions whose realism is given a new meaning by the mirror on which each one is painted (Dangerous Pleasures) or mounted on (Girls) creating a highly subjective space marked by tension and melancholy.

In Girls, Okshteyn engages with the traditional genre of portrait painting combining photo-based image-making with installation. Featuring a series of photo-driven grayscale paintings mounted on colorful mirrored surfaces that respond to the surrounding architecture, Girls continues Okshteyn’s ongoing engagement with the image plane as an index for the actual and imagined limits of the human identity and the spaces they generate.

In Dangerous Pleasures, Okshteyn reflects on a world without personal boundaries and social taboo. Executed in a traditional genre of still life, he employs a simple but impeccable technique of oil painting on mirror to suggest a dynamically invasive sense of self-monitoring, distortion and splintering of the self under pressure.

Shimon Okshteyn (b.1951, Ukraine) is a graduate of the Mitrofan Grekov Art Institute in Odessa. He lives and works in the USA since 1980. His works are in many international and local museum and private collections, most notably in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Nasher Museum at Duke University, and the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Okshteyn had solo exhibitions at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, The Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia and Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (companion show to Natura Morta: Still-Life Painting and the Medici Collections). His work was included in many museum exhibitions, most recently in the Decadence Now! Visions of Excess Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic and in the summer blockbuster show Rauschenberg: Connecting and Curating at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Shimon Okshteyn, Girls (Pink), 2015, Oil on canvas, 22 x 22 in, mounted on mirror with printed pattern, 57 x 36 in overall, Courtesy of the Artist and Black & White Gallery / Project Space
Shimon Okshteyn, Girls (Yellow), 2015, Oil on canvas, 22 x 22 in., mounted on mirror with printed pattern, 57 x 36 in overall, Courtesy of the Artist and Black & White Gallery / Project Space
Shimon Okshteyn, Girls (Green), 2015, Oil on canvas, 22 x 22 in, mounted on mirror with printed pattern, 57 x 36 in overall, Courtesy of the Artist and Black & White Gallery / Project Space
Shimon Okshteyn, Dangerous Pleasures / Ecstasy, 2010, Oil on mirror, 36 x 52, Courtesy of the Artist and Black & White Gallery / Project Space