Aleksandr Dashevsky is an exceptional artist in terms of his approach to subject matter and his execution of content. The unusual choice of focus within his works should not be simply dismissed as lacking dexterity. Rather, it is important to account for the fact that Daskevsky freely admits to the content of his pieces choosing him, as... Read More
Aleksandr Dashevsky is an exceptional artist in terms of his approach to subject matter and his execution of content. The unusual choice of focus within his works should not be simply dismissed as lacking dexterity. Rather, it is important to account for the fact that Daskevsky freely admits to the content of his pieces choosing him, as opposed to the other way round. Hence, the artist freely accepts what one might perceive as being candor within his works and this is what mobilizes one to carefully reconsider the work in front of them. As Magritte infamously declared the image of the pipe is not the pipe itself, so does one discern that the objects represented within Dashevsky's paintings are also not completely self-evident and unambiguous.
As a member of the St. Petersburg's "Society of Painting and Drawing Lovers", Daschevsky's work could be characterized as new urbanism. The city planning of today blurs the traditional boundaries between the city, suburbs and industry. Block housing and empty lots unfurl into the never ending Russian nature. As a "poet of the agglomeration," Dashevsky moves in the same direction that American artists of the 1960's to the 80's were heading—out of the city center. He probes the American poetic of melancholy and forlornness in his own territory, which has its own industrial tradition in the art of Futurism and Social Realism. The alienating anti-aesthetic of garages and shanty towns blends into the painterly aesthetic of abstraction that plays with shades of colors, surfaces and depths. His paintings can be seen as science-fiction landscapes, painterly patchworks, technical blueprints, or as the dreams of lonely people. The ambiguity and mysteriousness of his works are the most important elements of their charm.
Aleksandr Dashevky was born in 1980 in Leningrad. In 2003 Dashevsky completed his studies at the St. Petersburg University for Film and Television and consequently studied art history at the St. Petersburg Repin Academy of Arts. This allowed him the privilege of working in the studio of Michail Ivanov. Since 2005, Dashevky has been a member of the International Federation of Artists, which ensured his 2006 membership in the cooperative "Free Culture" and the "Society of Painting and Drawing Lovers" movement groups. He has taken part in more than 20 exhibitions in St. Petersburg and different regions of Russia.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2011 Alexander Dashevsky: New & Recent Works. Ten43 Gallery, New York, USA
2011 Pool Illusions. Colourblind Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2010 Alexander Dashevsky. Atlas-Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2009 Swimming Pool. Anna Nova gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2009 CONTAINERS. Frants Gallery Space, New York, USA
2008 Die Zelle. Colourblind Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2008 Dibenkorn in Pulkovo. Anna Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2008 Intime Tagebücher. 'Russische Kunst nach der sowjetischen Zeit', Barbarian Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2008 ART.FAIR21 Messe für aktuelle Kunst, Expo XXI, Cologne, Germany
2008 The 11th Biennale of the Baltic Sea Countries, Kaliningrad, Russia
2008 North-South, the Krasnodar Fine Arts Exhibition, Krasnodar, Russia
2008 Cells, Gallery Ljuda, St.Petersburg, Russia
2008 Kirkenes Plein Air, group show of the Society of Art and Drawing Lovers, Grensemuseum, Kirkenes, Norway
2008 The 3rd Session of Young Art, Recounting. Manege, St. Petersburg, Russia
2008 Graphic Art of the Society of Art and Drawing Lovers. Gallery Borey, St. Petersburg, Russia
2008 Dibenkorn in Pulkovo. Gallery Anna Nove, St. Petersburg, Russia
2008 Current Mood. Gallery 10x15, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Self Portrait +, Gallery Jam Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Chance Encounters-2, Gallery 'Village Life', St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Commemorative Exhibition: 170 Years of Russian Railways, The Railway Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Plein Air, the Society of Art and Drawing Lovers within the framework of the 7th Biennale of the Museum of Modern Art 'The Blue Print of Siberia.' the estate of Surikov, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
2007 About the Railway, the Centre of Book and Graphics, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 The Red Ring of Constructivism, Gallery JAM HALL, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Summary Exhibition of the Society of Art and Drawing Lovers, Borey St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Formal Portrait at the Back Entrance, Gallery Door, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 Women and Utensils. Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
Alexandr Dashevky's paintings can be found in in public and private collections in artworks Russia, and numerous private collections in USA, UK, Italy, Switzerland and Israel.