AboutFineArt Foundation is pleased to present a solo show ‘Pink Magic’ by artist Olga Lomaka. This new series of works contains elements of installation and sculpture and based on the interplay of a three-dimensional space and the illusion of flatness. The use of different materials to create works has become a kind of tradition in the author's style, moving from the classical wood in the ‘Artefacts’ project to industrial fiberglass.
‘Pink Magic’ is based on the aesthetics of the famous Italian abstractionist of the middle 20th century, Lucio Fontana, known for his deliberate cuts on the surface of the canvas, searching beyond it transcendental dimension. The idea of searching for the un-known in familiar routine objects and forms started by Fontana finds its further intriguing development in the project Pink Magic and becomes its first essential basic element.
The holes in Lomaka’s constructions, in the same manner as in Fontana’s cuts, lure in with a string of magical discoveries and promise a sensual pleasure, eventually bestow-ing a new life upon those who would dare to explore them. It is a symbol of sexuality, femininity – the womb that begets life and gives pleasure.
The second important element of the project is the male character from the popular film series known as the Pink Panther. He emerges in front of the audience through the open-ing in the construction, above it or even from behind. His colourful figure embodies the better known to the viewer image of the cartoon character. This cartoon personage was featured onscreen in the early 1960s and since then has been perceived as a pop icon in mass media.
Each of twelve installations features specific scenarios of interaction between the protagonists at various stages. The thirteenth work, titled Infinity, stands out among other works, being displayed above, or beyond them as the quintessence of life, the interde-pendence of male and female, and most importantly – as the magic of life in a continuity of existence – it is precisely at this point that Lomaka reveals her author’s intent.
In developing her discourse on masculinity and femininity, Lomaka transforms a traditional «battle of the sexes» into a joyful play from which both parties derive pleasure. She focuses on the climax of their mutual relationship, resulting in these moments of magic.