Dis­torted Views

American Art Collector - - Contents - MASHA GUSOVA Haven Gallery 155 Main Street Car­riage House Square • North­port, NY 11768 • (631) 757-0500 www.have­nart­

Masha Gusova’s art­work en­cour­ages view­ers to chal­lenge their ex­pec­ta­tions when it comes to our be­lief sys­tems and the rit­u­al­is­tic thought pat­terns that can of­ten take over our ev­ery­day lives. The U.K.based artist’s up­com­ing solo ex­hi­bi­tion, a body of work that strives to tell the sto­ries of women, will run from July 5 to 8 at the Haven Gallery booth, No. 623, at the Mar­ket Art + De­sign con­tem­po­rary art fair.

“I am in­spired by clas­si­cal works of art and find­ing new ways of rein­ter­pret­ing them. For this show, I have cho­sen var­i­ous fe­male fig­ures, which tell sto­ries of our strengths and weak­nesses. Envy, which is self-ev­i­dent; Lady Go­diva re­lat­ing to courage; and the third, Two Venuses, which will be a play­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the mul­ti­fac­eted na­ture of per­son­al­ity,” says Gusova.

Gusova’s unique paint­ings take clas­sic works and al­most lit­er­ally flip them on their heads, cre­at­ing dis­torted ver­sions that look as though they’re be­ing viewed through a kalei­do­scope or fed through a pa­per shred­der and then re­assem­bled. “I hope that the au­di­ence will pick up on the emo­tion and move­ment of these works and that they ex­pe­ri­ence a sort of time travel in some way,” the artist says.

Her oil paint­ing, Envy, she ex­plains, deals with the idea of jeal­ousy, a neg­a­tive hu­man emo­tion that is none­the­less ex­pe­ri­enced al­most uni­ver­sally, no mat­ter the per­son’s cul­ture or up­bring­ing. “I be­lieve neg­a­tive emo­tions present us with an in­valu­able op­por­tu­nity to dig deep within us to un­cover and over­come lim­it­ing be­liefs that keep us from mov­ing closer to our po­ten­tial,” says Gusova.


Lady Go­diva (af­ter

Col­lier), oil on linen, 31½ x 31½"


Envy (af­ter Bouguereau), oil on linen, 33½ x 29½"

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