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.
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