Stas Orlovski: Chimera

Long fascinated by sources such as the Soviet-era children’s books from his own childhood, Japanese prints, and Dutch botanical illustration, Stas Orlovski has mined this vocabulary of images, ideas, and motifs for his drawings, collages, paintings, and prints. For Stas Orlovski: Chimera—using the magical projections of the 18th and 19th century Phantasmagoria shows as a point of inspiration—he creates a moving drawing where disparate histories, events, and dreams collide. The installation is accompanied by an atmospheric sound piece composed by Steve Roden specifically for Chimera, collaged, much like the installation, using various recordings of instruments from Roden’s collection of Victorian-era instruments such as: a harmonium from India, a Gibson banjolele, a long neck banjo, a strohviol—and Roden’s voice.

Stas Orlovski: Chimera is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Funding for this exhibition has been generously provided by United States Artists Hatchfund and the Center for Cultural Innovation.