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Russia Rising Open in Gallery

Russia Rising Open in Gallery

: Installation: Russia Rising. Photo by Cable Griffith.

Russia Rising Open in Gallery

: Installation: Russia Rising. Photo by Cable Griffith.

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International exhibition Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom comes to the Cornish Main Gallery, bringing three ex-students back home. Through December 20.

Today’s Russia is a strange amalgam of hope, massive potential, repression and despair. It’s a great nation mired in the road of choice, staggering one step forward and two steps back. Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom is a response “in the language of the poster” to the nation’s political and social turmoil. Russia is too big and too powerful a country to ignore; the conversation on its future must be entered into. In the exhibition, 30 international artists have created original posters in support of the popular Russian movement for democracy that emerged at the third-term election of President Vladimir Putin. Cornish is well represented both by alumni and current students.

Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom runs from October 30 – December 20 in the Cornish Main Gallery. More information.

The exhibition was organized by the School of Visual Arts in New York in conjunction with the Golden Bee Global Biennale, Moscow, and opened in 2012 at SVA’s Westside Gallery in Manhattan. Subtitled 31 Artists and Designers Challenge the 2011 and 2012 Russian Elections, it was curated by Steven Heller and Misha Beletsky. For its appearance in Seattle at Cornish, the curators had assistance from Cornish Gallery and Exhibitions Curator Cable Griffith. Griffith writes that “this will be the first time this exhibition has been shown on the West Coast, after traveling through NYC, Philadelphia, and Moscow.”

The call for submissions brought in work from artists all over the world. Incredibly, three former Cornish students, now alumni, were included in the original exhibition, Alexandria Lopresti (DE ‘13), Derek Vander Griend (DE ‘13) and Emily Firebaugh (DE ‘13). Allison Hefely, who is still at Cornish and will graduate this coming spring, was also included. A signature honor, they were the only student designers selected.

Other artists included in the exhibition include The Bukheyevs (S. Bulkin and E. Mikheyeva), Savas Cekic, Cybersect, Maxim Derevyankin, Eugeny Dobrovinsky, Lex Drewinski, Stasys Eidrigevicius, the Faldin Family, Kevin Finn, Robert Grossman, Hilppa Hyrkäs, Homework (Joanna Górska & Jerzy Skakun), Viktor Koen, Boris Kulikov, Yossi Lemel, Alain Le Quernec, Uwe Loesch, Alexey Lysogorov, Antti Raudaskoski, Kari Piippo, Woody Pirtle, Joe Scorsone & Alice Drueding, Eugeniusz Skorwider, Lanny Sommese, Anatoliy Omelchenko and Dimon Zakharov.

According to Cable Griffith, he and the curators of Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom agreed that since the original showing, more has happened in Russia worthy of further commentary in the form of additional submissions. Griffith and professor Natalia Ilyin of the design faculty juried new entries into the exhibition, works from students Elise Moreno (DE ’14), Katherine Wheeler (DE ’15) and a design partnership of students Jordan Twaddle, Lynn Le and Erida Campos, all graduating in 2017.

Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom is sited in the Cornish Main Gallery, Floor 1, 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle. It runs from October 30 - December 20, 2013 with an opening reception on Wednesday, October 30, 5 - 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, noon - 5 pm; Saturday, noon - 4 pm.


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