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I am a self-taught artist, and my passion for art began in my childhood. I have vivid memories of spending countless hours in art class during primary school, where my teacher allowed me to stay late and explore various art styles. This creative environment became my place of freedom and comfort.
At the age of 16, I discovered oil painting and attended art courses. During this time, I found myself drawn to the works of great artists such as Monet, van Gogh, and Sisley. Their impressionist styles resonated deeply with my emotional nature, allowing me to express myself and my feelings. Next 5 years were dedicated to replicating their masterpieces and immersing myself in the world of color and emotion.
Opening: Thursday, 29 June 2023, 7 pm
Duration: 29.06 – 15.07.2023
Location: HAZEGALLERY,’s WEBSITE
HAZE.GALLERY is happy to present the „Monochrome Passion“ – a Group Online Exhibition Showcasing Black and White Photography
The group exhibition features the work of emerging and established photographers whose aesthetic grasp of black-and-white photography is exceptional. „We are excited to present this exhibition to art enthusiasts worldwide, showcasing our collective effort and the beauty of black and white photography,“ says Irina Rusinovich, the exhibition curator.
The exhibition showcases outstanding talent, spanning fine art photography styles and genres, displaying various emotions and topics in black and white. Each photograph aims to touch viewers profoundly, providing a deeper emotional connection and reaction by taking away the color from the scene and leaving compelling visual elements and details.
The exhibition will open on June 29, 2021, admission is free via HAZE.GALLERY’s website.
„We believe that through art education, aspiring artists can thrive and be the catalyst for change in their communities. This exhibition is our way to support the cause and encourage emerging artists globally,“ adds HAZE.GALLERY
Meg Peters @_megpeters
Johanna Rummel @johannarummel_
Iuliia Pozhidaeva @pozhidaeva____/
Clemens Gritl @clements.gritl
Anna Dyatlovskaya @ a n n a d y a t l o v s k a y
About the gallery: HAZE GALLERY was founded in 2019 with the mission of sharing Berlin’s contemporary art scene with the world through exhibitions, pop-up shows, and art gatherings. More information: www.haze.gallery Opening hours: Mo – Fri, 11 am –3 pm, Sat, 1–4 pm
Text by Irina Rusinovich
What draws you to nature as a source of inspiration for your art?
I feel at ease and relax in nature. Just a small park or wildflowers in the city create some space in my spirit and mind. I feel they are whispering and singing in living form. Nature is young and wild at the same time very ancient and wise. When I connect to them, I can listen to their old voice invoking my voice which is always been part of the great nature.
Can you describe your creative process from the initial idea to a completed artwork?
I make color and texture on the surface by abstracting from plants or natural pigment. And it leads to some poetry images or subjects in an intuitive way. A huge part of the whole process is a work of alchemy, it goes very much to unexpected and wonderful outcomes. Sometimes I feel I am only a translator of what nature wants to say or sing. When I choose them to compose in specific series, I choose to be more delicate or more intuitive and wild.
How has your Korean heritage influenced the themes and style of your artwork?
I think I’ve been influenced not only by Korea but also by various countries through literature, paintings, sculptures, music, and travel. I tried to find themes and style which feel right and suited me so that I can feel satisfied and happy when I do my work. I could also say It’s quite personal.
When it comes to Korean heritage, I remember my dad, who had always supported and cared for me, and that time made the core of my artwork and myself, which is unconditional love.
Do you have a favorite natural element or landscape that you like to depict in your artwork?
I like earth and fire element. I love sunshine and love to swim in water too. I like my Light series and Air series as well. The landscape of Horizon with Mountains, lakes, and deserts is compelling to me. I see the landscape as a big textured canvas or frame, and I fill them with imagination, contemplation, and color. It’s more that I’m trying to express what I see and How I feel their spirit inward than depicting the look of the outside.
When I choose elements for each work, sometimes I follow my mood and feeling of the day that I need to connect with or elements within me.
How do you balance realism and abstraction in your depictions of nature?
I depict nature as energy and spirit form. Spirit of flowers, wind, rain, and stones. Abstraction gives images of poetry, and small realism which looks like a horizon could make it balanced and peaceful. I like it that way. I’d like to let my color and texture speak for themselves as nature does. And sometimes like clouds, people find some figure in my art with their mind and I like it too.
What message or emotion do you hope to convey through your art inspired by nature?
Nature is home. They are here, they’ve always been here to listen quietly and want to connect to our old souls. I hope the person who sees my art finds some relaxation and playfulness in beauty, as nature does.
How do you see your artwork evolving in the future, and what plans do you have in store for your next project?
Recently I’ve been exploring other mediums like soft pastel, cyanotype, linocut, and monotype printmaking. Playing with other mediums gives me fresh air and new joy. Also during the art residency I had in Portugal and Spain last few months, I could explore local plants in my process. And I liked it. Wool felting and paper making for the surface also quite feel interesting and experimental to me for now
Photographer Saskia Schäfer @saskaya.photography
Assistants Pelan Alkas and Charlotte Feldkamp @pelan.alkas @charlottefdk
Stylist Sejne Dvorkina @sof_dvorrkina
Make up artist & Hair Larissa van Riesen @larissa.hmua
Model Magatte Diop / Modelwerk @magattediop_
Set Design Freddie Brehm @areyoureadyfreddie_
Text by Irina Rusinovich
© Tina Mona Cohen
How do you balance the organic forms of botanical elements with the more abstract forms that characterize much of your work?
I apply multiple layers of paint, notably light shades of white, which manage to maintain a lightness, a weightlessness in my representations of shapes and colors that end up being quite buoyant. I often mix media in my painting using acrylic, and oil paint but also gold leaves and epoxy. This gives me the possibility to play with the light and give the artwork a sense of vibrancy and life.
Can you describe your process for developing the color palettes used in your work, especially those inspired by flora and fauna?
When I am painting, I enter a meditative state, I will not have a predefined pattern, but I am simply focusing on the colors. Rather than trying to make shapes, I focus on a small number of colors that I want to use, then just place dots onto the canvas with my paintbrush before using the brush to swirl these dots into one another, letting totally my intuition guide my painting. Often, I use different shades of blue colors as a reference to my Mediterranean roots.
© Tina Mona Cohen
Have you noticed any changes in how viewers interpret your work when botanical themes are present as opposed to when they are absent?
Botanical themes are speaking to everybody and the abstract side of my painting help to build a connection with the viewer and leaves room for interpretation.
Do you have any plans for future explorations of botanical themes in your work, or any plans to change your approach?
I always love to experiment with new techniques and media, that’s helping me to constantly develop my work. The only limit is my creativity!
I am currently working on developing relief effects and transparency in my art. I am experimenting with resin, and trying to incorporate paint directly in multiple layers of epoxy creating artwork on the border between painting and sculpture.
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© Tina Mona Cohen
Open call Opportunities for 3D Exhibitions
29.06 – 15.07«Monochrome Passion»Black and White Photography 3D Collective Exhibition
27.07 – 12.08 «Festival Of Life»Still life Collective 3D Exhibition
03.08 – 17.08 „Sartorial Lens: A Contemporary Homage to Fashion Photography Icons“
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Delivery and packaging of originals in both directions to the gallery (Berlin GER) and back at the expense and responsibility of the Artist.
– Participation in the exhibition, organizational Fee of 60 – 135 Euro depending on wanted options and exhibition type.
– Installation/Dismantling by the gallery (except HAZE BAZAAR Fair)
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– Commission of the gallery for the sale of works – 30% for in-person and 25% for 3D exhibitions.
Works are accepted in any genre, in any technique and media,
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Text by Irina Rusinovich
Can you tell us about your creative process, from the moment you come up with an idea to the finished painting?
I have a number of motifs that are important to me, which I have been working on for many years. These are motifs that express something important, something basic to human beings. They have become stamps, mastered by popular culture, and I work with these stamps.
The red bull, for example, means power, masculine intensity, and aggression, but also a sacrifice, meat. It is with human beings from the Paleolithic cave to the label on the bottle of wine „Bull’s blood. Or the rose. It has been painted for thousands of years because it is a vagina, a symbol of seduction, desire, and pleasure. Blue flowers mean peace, oblivion, and heaven.
The cat and mouse – murderer and victim, nature’s indifference, „life is life.“
I do not paint real things, I try to create a kind of sign, a symbol of the experiences they evoke, to express visually Plato’s idea of these things.
Cézanne once said that painting is thinking with a brush in hand. That’s how I stand over my canvases or papers with a brush and ponder. I make endless versions, variations, and transformations… I repaint, and start over to make the image more precise, and more expressive. And simpler. It’s very difficult to make it simple. It is like calligraphy – you have to practice it for a long time, for years, in order to complete your artwork very quickly, with a few spontaneous movements, easily, powerfully, and beautifully. I am not afraid of beauty, unlike many artists today. Plato’s idea has to be beautiful.
Photo Credit / Johannes Pol
How do you integrate or address environmental and social themes in your artwork?
The themes come by themselves. There’s the war that Russia runs against Ukraine, it’s horrible, people are dying, and my paintings are getting red, just streams of blood flooding the paintings. And there is a lot of black. And I also started painting people. Before, people as such were not my subject. Of course, my flowers and animals were anthropomorphic, but that was about the unity of all creation, the reflection of everything in everything.
And now in my works, people are exactly people, human beings, as they are. They are alive, wounded, dead, singly, in crowds, whole, and torn into pieces…
Can you walk us through a current project you’re working on and share your goals for the piece?
My latest series is about humans being a sick, insane animals. A crazy ape with a gun…
We are creatures who have created a brave new world and don’t know what to do with it. Scared to death of ourselves. People are simultaneously building a bright future and tearing themselves back into the cave. It seems that people today are losing ground under their feet faster than they are finding new ground.
I left Russia, and I last year was working on a series Migrants. It’s about the loss or change of identity, of homeland, of destiny.
The series I’m doing now has no name yet, for myself, I call it Primates for now. They are such incomprehensible creatures, like monkeys, or dolls, or children, or monsters… and at the same time, their composition should refer to recognizable examples of high art.
Marina Koldobskaya and Irina Rusinovich , Photo Credit / Johannes Pol
What role do you think art plays in society, and how do you hope your work contributes to that dialogue?
For several months now, my colleagues and I have been preparing a joint exhibition of women artists from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, it calls Heartbeat, at Wolf&Galentz gallery. Finding like-minded people was not easy, many friends said that in today’s atmosphere of mutual hatred and suspicion, we would be eaten alive. And that there would simply be no artists who would agree to participate.
But I think it’s very important to do an exhibition like this, precisely because it’s an attempt to confront the hatred that’s all around us. And I’m very glad we have found like-minded people and support from the gallery, we help and support each other, we are our own authors and curators, we decide everything together, and we cooperate despite the war – this is the most important result.
Photo Credit / Johannes Pol
What are some upcoming projects or shows you’re most excited about?
This is the „Heartbeat“ exhibition I mentioned earlier.
Now people are overwhelmed with pain, it has to find a way out. It has been a year of horror, shame, despair, waiting, hope… None of us has ever had this experience of collective distress. Different artists look for different ways to express these experiences in their art. Straightforward experiences are long forgotten – crying, wailing, praying – are returning to art now. Perhaps it’s a bit awkward and even ugly, now is not the time for good taste and finesse.
I don’t think art is capable of fully embracing this experience at once. A new aesthetic will come, it’s already coming. It’s impossible for an artist to do anything else these days. For me for sure.