Not A Sad Tale: Animatronic Sculptures, Animations and Performance by Yuliya Lanina

San Antonio, Texas; June 11, 2016—Polyglot Gallery is happy to announce a new collaboration

with San Antonio art space, Haus Collective, and invites the public for an

exhibition of recent work by Polyglot artist Yuliya Lanina. In furthering Haus Collective’s

mission to platform artistic and creative projects while strengthening the local arts community,

the show with Polyglot will highlight the new itinerant space and project by gallery director

Melanie Harris de Maycotte sharing the fresh, artistic perspective from Lanina who has never

exhibited in San Antonio, Texas.

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist who received her MFA in animation

at Hunter College in New York City and has fused the lines between sculpture, painting and

animation for years with her mechanical sculptures, which, similar to her animations, rely on

music and moving images to tell her stories, always absent of dialogue. Her large animated

sculptures and animations have been shown worldwide. When the artist noticed that her

mechanical sculptures rarely ended up in the hands of private collectors because of their size,

Lanina was moved to create “music box” sizes as personal animated sculptures. The works on

view are a culmination of this effort, that involve herself, original musical scores by her husband

who is the accomplished composer and University of Texas musical composition professor,

Yevgeniy Sharlat, and fabrication by mechanical engineer Theodore Johnson.

Lanina’s paintings, animations and animatronic sculptures portray alternate realities that fuse

fantasy, femininity and humor together. Employing surreal imagery to simultaneously elicit

feelings of uneasiness and empathy, Lanina paints and collages bizarre characters that come to

life through mechanization, animation and music. Laninaʼs characters, mostly female in gender,

are made of parts that are not supposed to go together. They act out absurd situations in a

somewhat blasé, carefree and whimsical manner. These characters are the artist’s own

projections of nonsensical events and their consequences. Their malformed features and parts

illustrate internalized trauma and torment while still engaging in the life-affirming celebration of

feminine power and its connection to the mysterious, the beautiful and the sensual. Lanina

draws from many sources to create these characters. Though she often taps into Greek

mythology with the half-human and half-animal demigods, she also relies on her personal roots

with Russian fairy tales, which are filled with fantastic beings deeply founded in paganism,

mysticism and symbolism. Her creatures and their stories move freely between logical and

illogical, realistic and illusory, predictable and surprising, representing life that can only be lived

but perhaps never fully understood.

Please join us at Haus Collective to experience these wonderful new inventions alongside the

artists on Saturday, June 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. If you cannot make opening night, the show

will be open by appointment through September 2, 2016.

PLAY ME – Exhibition of new mechanical sculptures by Yuliya Lanina

Please join us for an exhibition of new work by Yuliya Lanina of her signature mechanical sculptures with original musical scores by Yevgeniy Sharlat. Also, on exhibition are new small works on canvas and paper.

Yuliya Lanina received her MFA in animation at Hunter College and has fused the lines between sculpture, painting and animation for years with her mechanical sculptures, which, similar to her animations, rely on music and moving images to tell her stories and do not ever include dialog. Her large animated sculptures and animations have shown the world over. When the artist noticed that her mechanical sculptures rarely end-up in the hands of private collectors because of their large size, Lanina was moved to create more “music box” size, personal animated sculptures for the private collector. “Play Me” is a culmination of this effort which involved herself, original musical scores by her husband who is the accomplished composer (and University of Texas composition professor) Yevgeniy Sharlat, and mechanical engineer Theodore Johnson to produce.

Please join us to experience these wonderful new inventions alongside the artists on Friday, September 12 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. If you cannot make opening night, the show will be open by appointment through October 11.

**This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

A special thanks for help with funding.

A special thanks for help with funding.

WEST Austin Pop-Up featuring Yuliya Lanina, CheriCo (Nick Schnitzer & Sarah Presson) & Andrea Flores

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Polyglot Gallery invites the public to a special exhibition in conjunction with the WEST Austin Studio Tour which happens at different locations around West Austin on the weekends of May 10-11 and May 17-18.  Two exhibitions will be on display at the Polyglot Gallery pop-up space on South 2nd Street, these are: Load by CheriCo (the new collaborative project consisting of Nick Schnitzer and Sarah Presson) and Animate by Yuliya Lanina.  There will also be small paintings by Chilean artist, Andrea Flores.

CheriCo artists Schnitzer and Presson met in 2012 and soon found themselves in an intimate relationship.  As sentimental partners they traveled together to India in 2013.  As with any artist who travels they each came away from the intensity of their experience in this vastly different culture with their own observations and interpretations.  The one overarching theme they both noticed was the observation of people carrying impossibly large and shockingly heavy loads either on foot or perched precariously on their antiquated and cumbersome forms of transit, i.e. bikes, rickshaws and animal drawn carts.  Upon returning home, their sense of exotic bewilderment offered an acutely fresh look at their own tendencies to carry, consume, and compensate.  This current body of work is Presson and Schnitzer’s first artistic duet.  The work explores literal weight bearing, allegorical balancing acts, and archetypal harmonies.

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian- born American multimedia artist. Her paintings, animations and animatronic sculptures portray alternate realities that fuse fantasy, femininity, and humor. Employing surreal imagery to simultaneously elicit feelings of uneasiness and empathy, Lanina paints and collages bizarre characters that come to life through mechanization, animation, and music. Laninaʼs characters, mostly female in gender, are made of parts that are not supposed to go together. They act out absurd situations in a somewhat blasé, carefree and humorous manner. These characters are the artistʼs own projections of nonsensical events and their consequences. Their malformed features and parts illustrate internalized trauma and torment while still engaging in the life-affirming celebration of feminine power and its connection to the mysterious, the beautiful, and the sensual.  Lanina draws from many sources to create these characters. Though she often taps into Greek mythology with the half-human and half-animal demigods, she also relies on her personal roots with Russian fairy tales, which are filled with fantastic beings deeply rooted in paganism, mysticism, and symbolism. Her creatures and their stories move freely between logical and illogical, realistic and illusory, predictable and surprising, representing life that can only be lived, but never understood.

WEST Austin Studio Tour Pop-Up Featuring Brooke Mackenzie, Yuliya Lanina, Sarah Davis & Nick Schnitzer

Polyglot Gallery is happy to announce that it will be opening up its by appointment only space as a pop-up gallery for the WEST Austin studio tour which takes place Saturday and Sunday April 27 -28 and May 4-5, where they will be showcasing artwork by Austin-based artists Brooke Mackenzie, Yuliya Lanina and Nick Schnitzer and New York City artist, Sarah Davis.

COME HAVE A COCKTAIL & MEET THE ARTISTS SATURDAY, APRIL 27 FROM 3-5 PM.

Brooke Mackenzie graduated from UT with a BFA and then went on to receive her MFA at the Edinburgh College of Art. Her artwork is characterized by its intricacy and attention to detail that often lends her work the illusion of an airy tapestry. A common theme in her body of work is the passage of time, which she illustrates by imbedding images of clock gears and illustrations of the budding, flowering and wilting of a flower, amongst other subtle images. Drawn with delicate lines and a subtle palette, Mackenzie beckons her spectator to slow down and pay attention to the details which slowly reveal themselves.

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian- born American multimedia artist who paints on canvas and paper, makes animations and animatronic sculptures which portray alternate realities that fuse fantasy, femininity, and humor. On exhibit will be her fantastical paintings and video of her signature grotesque yet beautiful imagery work that simultaneously elicit feelings of uneasiness and empathy.

Sarah Davis is a New York based artist whose work has been featured worldwide on subjects ranging from boisterous celebrity culture to tranquil urban and rural landscapes. On exhibit at Polyglot is a selection of her pastel works on paper from the series “Stars and Cars”. Work from this series has been shown in Switzerland, London, Houston and now Austin and has received rave reviews.

Nick Schnitzer was Polyglot’s first artist to be showcased in January in Austin. Return to see his meditative photo reactive and sometime kinetic wall sculptures and paintings come to life with a new led light box installation.

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