Rain in Kiev (2017)
oil on the board,
I experimented for years with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, trying to evoke a sense of mystery equivalent to that which I feel in the presence of nature, a sense of momentary.
I enjoy exploring how various weather conditions breathe life into most usual places, the ones we pass without noticing. The rain, the snow, the blinding sunshine and the mist change the contours, the forms and of course, the colors of the city we are used to take as a static image. We are used to think of well-known locations and may sometimes not realize a ray of sunshine or a reflection in a paddle, and not a building makes for an accent in the picture we see.
What I especially cherish in this exercise is the feeling of the elusiveness of everything. The buildings of course change over long periods of time, but even a momentary change of weather can affect our perception of the location so much that we may feel as if we were in a totally different place. I like celebrating the instances that make an image and an impression before they vanish for good, and the constant alertness for what is the most important in the image I see, what makes me want to watch it.
My almost meditative experience of watching things change and capturing the moment was inspired mostly by the Japanese notion called “mono no aware”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, and underpins the tradition of seeing the aesthetics in transient states and marveling at them with slight sadness and appreciation.
We never know how long the visual effect or the impression from it would last. I like capturing those moments as if thanking them for the experience, and preserving mementos of my own impressions to share with others.
The series depicts my native Kyiv and some major capitals of the world.