2010-04-09 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Prolific Artist; The Meaning Of Green
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein


“Untitled,” glazed terracota sculpture by Yuri Yurov, to appear in “40 Shades of Green” at RoCA, Fort Tilden. “Untitled,” glazed terracota sculpture by Yuri Yurov, to appear in “40 Shades of Green” at RoCA, Fort Tilden.  Lining the walls and shelves of his light-filled studio are dozens of photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, pottery – some artworks are his; some, those of friends. A color photo of a Russian band dressed in period costume that could be a 60s album cover; a silver gelatin black and white photograph of a country field seen through the frame of the window of a rustic cottage, both taken by colleagues; prints of paintings by a Serbian artist (they give the impression of computer created works) in which float strange, wondrous creatures. The environment is a mirror of the unlimited talents and interests of the man inhabiting it.

Lying on the floor is the profile of a dark-haired young woman of Greek descent – hypnotic, sensitively realized by this artist’s camera. Record albums and CDs are stacked on the wooden floor in front of large windows, throwing geometric shadows across the long room. Also at one’s feet is a print of extraordinary clarity, rendered by an expert, of a painting by “the American Renoir,” Patrick Antonelle. Plants, gracefully shaped bottles and shells decorate tables and window sills. A huge Canon printer consumes one corner. In another are the model’s platform, lights and other equipment of a professional photographer.

Yuri Yurov says he “changes styles all the time, moving from one technique, one medium to another.” “It is,” he says, “what keeps me alive.” Currently he has one sculpture and one painting on exhibit in a large group show in New Jersey featuring 45 works by 39 artists, presented by the Arts Council of the Morris Area. “Emerging Patterns,” is a juried exhibit curated by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto, assistant professor of art history and director of two galleries at New Jersey City University. Yurov exhibited these two works in ARTSPLASH 2009, earning him the Best in Show Award. For more information about the exhibit: 973-285-5115 or www.morrisarts.org. The show is on view through August 11 in the Green Building in Morristown, New Jersey.

Yurov is presently working on a sculptural project. Each of the half dozen abstract clay sculptures is approximately 19 inches x 10 inches x 6 inches. These organic forms he calls “pregnant worms.” The bottom portion is the same for each. Of some bulk, this gives each of the works its grounding; the element of solidity and strength. But then .. oh, then … the “head” and “tail” flow, fly into space, lyrically reaching up from the base to attain an ethereal, unseen destination. Yurov hopes to cast one of these sculptures in chrome on a monumental scale, to stand next to a tall building. The reflections of the building off the shiny chrome, combined with the soaring shape and thrust of the sculpture would create a breathtaking effect.

The next project the prolific artist is planning, in his words, “will involve the most interesting people in Rockaway.” He envisions it as a kind of documentary, an historic record of Rockaway artists, musicians, actors and others. As one of Yurov’s friends describes it, “a documentary of character.” Yurov plans to create a setting, an environment and then take a black and white photographic portrait, using 4 x 5 film, of each of the people he chooses, on that set – putting different people in the same environment and letting them be themselves. Viewing all those portraits as an aggregate, it will be the faces and their demeanor that will stand out, eloquently.

Yurov owns and operates YYY Art Services. In his studio he creates fine art prints and photographs. He is able to scan your artwork to produce high level fine art prints using the amazing Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8100 top of the line printer, quality papers, expert techniques and an artist’s sensitivity to both the art and the artist’s wishes. He is a framer who uses the finest materials and techniques for archival museum framing.

You can easily catch the range of Yuri Yurov’s art. His pregnant worms will be on view in RAA’s next exhibit, “40 Shades of Green”; go to Morristown, NJ; or go online to www.yyyurov.com or www.yyydecor.com.

RAA’s opening reception for “40 Shades of Green,” is Sunday, April 18, 12 – 4 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA. The exhibit colorfully explores the many variations of the hue that is mixed from blue and yellow. But it also rejoices equally in the concepts of re-use, renewal and all things recyclable. The gallery will feature a giant wall-sized, handcrafted map of the world upon which artists and visitors will be invited to make their mark. Entertainment and refreshments at the reception will reflect our immigrant heritages.


Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA EXHIBIT: “40 Shades of Green” in sTudios 6 and 7, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Opening reception: Sun., Apr. 18, 12- 4 p.m. On view Apr. 18 – May 23. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.

NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING: Monday, April 12 in sTudio7, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

NEXT WRITER’S GROUP MEETING: Sunday, April 18, sTudio 6, 4 p.m.

ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: Classes include painting, digital photography, singing, acting, cartooning. Call RAA office for details.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. 7-9 pm., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7. $15 per class, supplies included.

THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. sTudio 7 stage. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Start time: 8 p.m. Join us. Free admission.

kidsmART corner

kidsmART is free to children ages 6 – 12. It runs through May 6. Sessions: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden. If you are interested, bring the completed application with you on the day you wish to start your child in the after-school program.

Applications can be downloaded from RAA’s website at www.rockawayartists alliance.org/education.html.

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