2023 Artist Member Showcase
Elena Guryeva : PHENOMENA
March 25-June 4, 2023
Opening reception April 1,2023 | 5-7pm
Second Floor Gallery
Visual language is a powerful and dynamic universal instrument of communication. Elena Guryeva's intention is to convey her emotions, ideas, and perspectives from an angle that differs from our daily encounters. Her work seeks to conjure a positive emotional response and to move people in their own ways.
In the series PHENOMENA, Guryeva is motivated to materialize changes in nature. These shifts are often a part of a natural cycle, like a sunset, a low tide, or the arrival of a new season. At other times they are sudden events, like an earthquake or the collapse of a glacier.
In creating these paintings, Guryeva juxtaposes the natural world with the digital realm to address the role that technology occupies in our society. Each pixel, or square, floats and levitates in her landscapes, assembling a narrative, like pieces of a puzzel activating the transformative forces that exist in Nature.
About the Artist
Elena Guryeva is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who grew up in Russia. A former practicing architect, Guryeva has since lived in several diverse countries. Upon her move to Belgium, she began making art. After her relocation to Santiago, Chilie in 2017, Guryeva joined a group of artists and dedicated herself full time to painting. In 2020, she completed her studies in the History of Art and Contemporary Gallery Management at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York. Since 2021, Guryeva has been living and working as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
1. Low Tide, 2022, Oil, acrylic on canvas, 67 x 47 in. Courtesy the artist
2. Atmospheric Phenomenon, 2022, Oil, acrylic on canvas, 39 x 31 in. Courtesy the artist
3. Frost Wedging, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 35in. Courtesy the artist