Come and Dream at Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

"We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
“We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
5″ x 7″ framed photographs by Olya Turcihin and Marc Atkins

Last Friday, I headed to Greenwood Heights Brooklyn for the opening of “We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin, hosted by Lisa Ellex in her performance art space. After getting lost, I arrived late and was very excited to see her new work. The space is great; it has three separate rooms: The front room had a band that was playing jazz, then in the middle room, Olya was hosting her opening, and the back room was private. It was a lively and fun crowd while the music helped everyone feel at home and relaxed.

Instead of the standard layout for the show where all the artwork is at the same eye level and side by side, Olya displayed all 11 of her framed photographs salon style giving it a more organic and natural feel. Olya’s photographs burst with color and texture. I love how she mixes the charm and rawness of street art/graffiti with the coarse grittiness of the streets of New York. This contrast created a beauty of its own and it’s very pleasing to the eye. Some photographs look abstract but after carefully inspecting them, you can see the bigger image.

Artist Olya Turcihin
Artist Olya Turcihin
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
 Olya’s photographs being projected on the wall 

My favorite piece was a projected carousel of over 100 photographs that she displayed on the back wall of the art space. First, it seemed never ending and fresh. Every photo being projected was stunning, and at one point, I wanted to pause it so I could take a longer look at each photo — but it just keeps on moving. This reminded me of how life goes on and there is nothing we can do about it, other than follow Olya’s dreams and try to photograph as much as possible since we are just spectators. If you are in Greenwood Heights, please stop by Lisa Ellex’s new performance space at 225 34th Street to see “We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin. You will not be disappointed.

 

Olya Turcihin: We Came as Dreamers  – On view:  Mar 21 – May 21

Chez Rubato 225 34th Street, Greenwood Heights Brooklyn

 

 

Text by: Jamie Martinez

Photography by: Marc Atkins

We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
Everyone was having a good time
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
The band playing in the front room.
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
(L-R) Artist and publisher Jamie Martinez and Olya Turcihin
(L-R) Artist and publisher Jamie Martinez and artist Olya Turcihin
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
A very creative opening
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
A guest admiring the work of Olya Turcihin
We Came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin
Opening night for “We came as Dreamers” by Olya Turcihin

 

Jamie Martinez

Jamie Martinez

Jamie Martinez is the founder and publisher of ARTE FUSE contemporary art platform. Jamie is an artist that uses triangulation which is the formation of or division into triangles. His process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data, and information geometrically into triangulated segments whether it’s in painting, sculpture, video, AR/VR or conceptual work. He studied at the International Fine Arts College, Fashion Institute of Technology and the Art Students League. Follow him @TRIANGULISM (instagram and twitter)

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