Raw/Cooked: Shura Chernozatonskaya
Shura Chernozatonskaya has created two site-specific painting installations for her Raw/Cooked exhibition. The first, occupying a wall overlooking the Museum’s first-floor Rubin Lobby, consists of more than thirty canvases hung together to create one large-scale work. Each rectangular canvas features three circles arranged in order to resemble a traffic light, a domino, or a diagram of rhythms common to Latin music. Within this format, Chernozatonskaya plays with shape and color. Taken as a whole, the modular composition evokes a range of associations, including a giant game, a transit system map, or notes on a musical staff. The second installation, located in the Museum’s third-floor Beaux-Arts Court, draws inspiration from the site’s distinctive architecture and the nearby European Paintings collection. Chernozatonskaya created four diptychs, each responding to one of the European gallery’s four themes: “Painting Land and Sea,” “Tracing the Figure,” “Art and Devotion,” and “Russian Modern."
Chernozatonskaya was born in Russia in 1979. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2000 and received her MFA from the New York Studio School in 2006. Her studio is in Red Hook.