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Eugene and Polina Zaremba
Picturesque divergence

27 October — 03 November 2020

Eugene and Polina Zaremba
Picturesque divergence


Father and daughter Eugene and Polina Zaremba are connected not only by inseparable family ties, but also by artistic ones. Born into a family of artists, from the very beginning of her life Polina absorbed a love for art, and her father's painting naturally influenced her perception of painting. Both are adherents of abstract and semi-abstract painting, and Pauline's words express the opinion of both in this regard:

"Abstraction is a kind of liberation from accidents, an exchange of energy with the bodies, the earth. The way out of abstract and semi-abstract painting is impossible, once you try it, it drags you for the whole life, you can get closer to reality, but always draws you to write the other worlds, your own through an obscure image and without the fuss of the philistine world".

The attitude to color and to color solution as the dominant postulate of painting is a point of contact in the work of Polina and Eugene. For both artists painting is a process of fantasy image phenomenon, an act of self-assertion and direct projection of intuition. At first glance, it seems that they have a visually and technically similar manner of writing - texture strokes seem almost identical, as if they are an artistic embodiment of the gene passed on from the father to the daughter's DNA.

However, if you look at and study the works of Eugene and Polina for a longer time, the viewer becomes more and more aware of how different the creative charge and approach of these two artists are. From the point of view of technique and material overlaying on the canvas, my father has a thinner stroke, a more geometric view of the color division of the canvas, the color itself is often more subdued and structured. This texture gives a sense of the boundary of the world: light - shadow, top - bottom, earth - air, input - output, light - shadow. On the border, between, there is an important thing happening, a live one appears. Eugene approaches each work with a philosophical question: how was this world created? Zaremba addresses this question through a search for a pictorial metaphor. He shows the texture and shape of surfaces, the color of elements, the object in space. Eugene's work has always been associated with natural forms, with a rethinking of the world order, with an intuitive and calm immersion.

Polina has an intuitive reflection of reality, but a more sensual, more emotional reflection of her character and the way she interacts with the world, and this is something completely different, her language and her vision. Unlike Pauline's father, Pauline is less judgmental and more emotional. She perceives vague and generalized color spots, but they are charged with energy. The textured strokes, similar to her father's, are more dynamic and powerful, confirming the very vivacity and strength of spirit without which, in the artist's opinion, the abstraction will be empty. For Polina Zaremba, painting is a way of knowing the world and yourself in this world. Unlike her father, she does not try to repeat or comprehend reality, but follows it, looking, listening, trying to feel the present, the very essence. Hence the spontaneity of compositions, powerful and dynamic color, a variety of textures.

In the end we get two artists, one family and different temperaments: Polina is more emotional, Eugene is calm and judicious. However, they are united by their movement forward and love of life.

Divergence in the biological context is the divergence of features and properties in originally close groups of organisms during evolution: the result of living in different conditions. The definition of this word most accurately reflects the process of divergence in the works of these two artists. The divergence of personality occurs in the same way as in certain biological species. Polina's painting, which at first appears to be inherited from her father, eventually diverges from her father's. She has adapted to the realities of the artist's life and her perception of the world, eventually becoming an independent whole unit. Looking at the works collected at the exhibition, the viewer can clearly determine which of the works came out from under Eugene's brush, and which were created by Polina. Divergence is a process of evolution, without which the development of all life on this planet would stop. Just like in art, the formation of one's own pictorial language continues the artistic revolution and the desire for self-determination.