Brooklyn, NY
United States

ZHENYA PLECHKINA

Visual Arts

Description of Work

vydavy sindikat is a collaboration between two people. vydavy uses performance as a starting point of every project.  In their work they explore the presence of logic patterns in the fabric of everyday reality, particularly the tension between the actual and the potential. By combining new technologies with performance, the installation conveys a currently relevant approach to these universal themes in visual terms. They are drawn to greek philosophy particularly Plato and Zenon, as well as to contemporary thinkers who explore the idea of aporetic arguments (inclined to doubt, or to raise objections). Using their personal experience and background as a basis their work exists at the meeting point of various cultures, languages and acceptable practices. vydavy has created multidisciplinary work since 1995.



 

Bio



Zhenya Plechkina is a Ukranian-born artist, teacher, and mother, living and working in South Brooklyn. She usually works in collaboration with her partner and husband, Misha Sklar, working with performance, video and installation. Initially, they were interested in cultural analysis, formulating visual metaphors for social phenomena. They’ve created a series of public interventions and performances, including “Public Gathering” (2004-2006), and ”Commuter's Dreams”, which was exhibited as a solo show at Vox Populi in Philadelphia (2009).  Their works have been exhibited internationally, including: the Queens Museum of the Art (2008); Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia); Venice Architectural Biennale 2008 (Chiesadi San Stae, 11th International Architectural Exhibition, Venice, Italy (2008); "Foreign Bodies, Barbur Gallery (Jerusalem, Israel - 2012); and “Landscape as Litmus”, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Banjaluka, Republic of Srpska (2008). They’ve been awarded a number of grants and Fellowships, including the Joshua Venture Fellowship (2009-2012), Genesis PG (2010-2013), Blueprint Fellowship(2009), and Center Without Walls (2010-2012).   Recently, their focus has shifted from the context of public space to the realm of family, treating their collaboration and social relationship as the work. In "Cause and Effect," a series of short videos depict staged and symbolic encounters between people they know. They use technology to redefine history, memory and reality, and are simultaneous depictions of what is happening today, resonating with what is known from the past and projecting the future.

 

 

 


 

Walking - 2012
Walking - 2012
Washing - 2012
Washing - 2012
Wind Deflated
Wind Deflated
Left Behind/My Wife is Made of Salt
Left Behind/My Wife is Made of Salt
Family
Family
Pulling Thread
Pulling Thread
Throwing
Throwing
Fishing
Fishing

"Commuter's Dreams" - 2009

"Tapering Periods" - 2009

"Passing" - 2012