Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Alina Poroshina - February 19th – Save the Date

Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago will present a series of oil paintings by Alina Poroshina from February 15 through April 15. These works are just a segment of the artist’s “Fire and Water” series from which she uses symbolic imagery of strong women, who choose to conquer and prevail despite existing adversity.

A resistance to victimization is symbolically communicated to the viewer in the cleverly titled “Coy”. This piece presents a provocatively dressed woman floating in a pond with by a number of large Japanese carp. Based on Japanese symbolism, the carp—or koi—represent perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. The large golden fish circle the woman as though attempting to keep her afloat. The beautifully painted canvas—54 inches high by 36 inches wide—is but one of the artist’s anthems of feminine perseverance.

Please join us for the Alina Poroshina Exhibition, which will open at Gallery 180 with a reception on February 19th. Gallery 180 is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago’s Loop. The exhibition is free to the general public and all works are available for purchase.

Image: "Coy", oil on canvas, 54 x 36", 2008