NEW TECH GIRLS

GIRLS EXPLORING THE UNDERWATER WORLD AT AUGUST 1STDIBS SHOW FROM GALLERY 104

A painting Girls Exploring The Underwater World by Olga Feshina moved from solo exhibition at Gallery 104 into Gallery 1stdibs at satellite of Gallery 104. You can see it at group August show 1stdibs Chelsea Monday through Saturday 10:00 to 6:00pm.

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Girls Exploring The Underwater World, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 in / 121,92 x 91,5 cm

Girls Exploring The Underwater World, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 in / 121,92 x 91,5 cm

SOLO "NEW TECH GIRLS—BIKINI ISSUE” HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 26TH!

News from NYA Gallery & Gallery 104:

- We’re thrilled to announce that Olga Feshina’s solo exhibition “New Tech Girls—Bikini Issue” has been extended until Friday, July 26th!*

This exceptional assembly of 11 paintings explores core motifs related to the artist’s ongoing series, namely beauty, image construction and distortion, identity, self-fashioning, and presentation. With these new paintings of scantily clad young girls posing with handheld devices, Feshina calls the viewer’s attention to the contrast between contemporary and historic portraiture poses, highlighting how restrictive codes of behavior change, migrate, and ultimately manifest themselves in visual culture.

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the gallery to see the show, now is your chance! Check out the press coverage the exhibition has received by going to Feshina’s website, or by scrolling through our past Instagram posts to find relevant links. Visitors may see works during regular gallery hours: Monday through Sunday, 12-5pm. For more information, please call (917) 472-9015 or email info@newyorkart.com

*it was supposed to be on a view from July 04 to July 21

Olga Feshina at solo exhibition at NYA Gallery 104

NEW TECH GIRLS - BIKINI ISSUE ON A VIEW JULY 04-21 AT NEW YORK ART CENTER

Olga Feshina: New Tech Girls - Bikini Issue 

Solo exhibition

Gallery 104 and NYA Gallery

Exhibition Dates: July 4 - July 21, 2019

Opening reception: Wednesday, July 10th, 6-9pm

New York Art Center newyorkart.com: July 4th & 5th 2019 (6-9pm) - 1st Thursday’s Art Walk Every Month in TriBeCa from 6-9pm

SOLO EXHIBIT NEW TECH GIRLS - BIKINI ISSUE JULY 04 - JULY 21 AT NYA & GALLERY 104

In July 2019, collaboration NYA Gallery with Gallery 104 will present a new body of work by the artist: “New Tech Girls—Bikini Issue.” There will be an opening reception for the public on Wednesday, July 10th, 6-9pm. The show will be on view from July 4th until July 21st.

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Olga Feshina began the “New Tech Girls” series in 2016 and has continued elaborating on this body of work over the past few years. She is fascinated with how technological progress has had an adverse impact on the nature and psychological development of women today. Specifically, she offers a compelling critique of how the paradigms of contemporary feminine beauty are created, distributed, and absorbed across digital devices and platforms. The artist uses a soft, muted palette to render flat figures that have a smooth, matte surface and are situated within shallow pictorial spaces. Her work repeatedly calls attention to the idea of surface, which is appropriate as her imagery is focused on the complicated dichotomy between the virtual world and reality.

Across canvases like Girls Taking Selfie on the Beach (2016) and Girls Taking Selfie in the Fitting Room (2016), Feshina positions highly idealized young women mimicking poses they’ve seen via social media; their actions in turn continue to perpetuate these postures in a never-ending cycle of vapid mimicry. The artist mines numerous media outlets in order to become familiar with the most common gestures, poses, and stances in circulation. What is more, her characters are often in synchronized postures, underscoring the loss of individual expression and identity due to the nearly ubiquitous forces of conformity that operate underneath the surface of every image on social media. Interestingly, in Girls Taking Selfie on the Beach, one of the girls holds a selfie stick, framing the overall painting as the screen of an iPhone. In other works, such as Girls with Friends Walking in Park (2019) and Girls Watching the Same Movie on the Beach (2017), the young, slim figures are together physically, but removed or distanced psychologically because they’re engaged in entirely different virtual realms.

The artist has described her female figures as twenty-first century versions of the nymphs of antiquity. In Greek mythology, nymphs presided over certain natural locales, such as oceans, mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests. Feshina’s technologically inclined nymphs similarly inhabit outfoor environs, but are often completely disconnected from these physical surroundings, inhabiting a digital forest instead, one populated computer-coded creatures. The artist’s insertion of a doe in many of these works further expands this idea of a digital forest or enchanted grove. As Feshina has explained, animals figure rather prominently in fairy tales—folkloric or literary forms that have a lasting impact on children’s conception of self and others. Within her artistic practice, she understands this animal as representing each figure’s inner child: innocent, naive, impressionable, and needing protection. In the diptych Girls Exploring Their Feminine Nature (2017) and Inner Child Watching VR (2018), the doe is seen as being corrupted by exposure to technology.

Overall, these paintings are a social commentary on how technology has facilitated the rapid construction and dissemination of implied codes of behavior about how girls should look and act. Her work touches on concepts of beauty, image construction and distortion, identity, self-fashioning, and presentation.

In July 2019, collaboration NYA Gallery with Gallery 104 will present a new body of work by the artist: “New Tech Girls—Bikini Issue.” There will be an opening reception for the public on Wednesday, July 10th, 6-9pm. The show will be on view from July 4th until July 21st.

Tony Huffman, Independent Curator & Critic

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PRIVATE VIEW NEW TECH GIRLS AT TRANSFORMING APARTMENT 2018

12 first paintings of series NEW TECH GIRLS

Transforming Apartment, Upper Manhattan, New York, US, 10.02.2018

These NEW TECH GIRLS by Olga Feshina with their new gestures and new poses who are either doing selfies or talking speakerphone they are all the same the nymphs from classical portraits or genre compositions in its new personification. They explore contemporary tech reality, being those, who made selfies revolution in social net while their poses and gestures are getting contemporary classics. 

They tend to be constantly together as they strive to exchange information and then to share their senses of perception with the whole world. To get better harmony and mutual understanding the new girls subconsciously synchronize their poses, acting in unison either watching a movie, listening to music, looking for smoothie recipes, getting parcels by drone, exploring the underwater world or virtual reality and even their feminine nature with new tech gadgets. 

As if disputing against computer processing of images Olga Feshina stylizes the bodies and generalizes traits of face accentuating on wide frozen smile and eyes. However, there is nothing digital in her works, other than only a digital topic. The vertical canvases 48 x 36 in (121,92 x 91,44 cm) of this series which are the proportion of typical smartphone screen are hand painted acrylic on canvas in the technique of local fills of colors and tones like a digital illustration. The girls she depicted on the paintings are practically the size of viewers to make the distance between them and us closer.

Through these series of paintings New Tech Girls artist does a research on how gadgets juxtapose with their owners – contemporary girls and young women and how they become almost parts of a body and consciousness, by doing this she glorifies this subject. Olga Feshina urges viewers to realize why they watch the same movie of virtual reality on the wild nature beach, and why they need gadgets to explore their real feminine gist from inside where an inner child which baby deer symbolizes is mesmerized with the perfection of the tech, digital and virtual world.

NEW TECH GIRLS CLOSED PREVIEW SHOW AT TRANSFORMING APARTMENT

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Transforming Apartment, Upper Manhattan, New York, 08.05.2018

“I'm an artist, who is fascinated with new technologies and gadgets. The characters of my paintings are either contemporary girls or young women, who grow up actively and comprehend their inner and external worlds by means of gadgets and technological innovations. They made selfies revolution in social net, exploring contemporary tech reality, and their new poses and gestures are getting contemporary classics.

I'm trying to track the temporary connection portraying the same nymphs with their new poses and gestures in they new personification or reincarnation and research how they are deeply involved in technological innovation. The inner child of new girls which baby deer symbolizes it for me is mesmerized with the perfection of the digital and virtual world. I am interested why they even explore their self and feminine gist with virtual reality.”

– Olga Feshina said,

“Nowadays, when computer programs imitate artist technique, I stylize bodies and generalize facial features emphasizing a wide frozen smile and eyes imitating digital pics. However, there is nothing digital in my paintings of New Tech Girls series, other than only a digital topic."