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Sarah Chuldenko, Casualties of Beauty


Fake Estate
526 West 26th Street, No. 502A, 917-412-3516
April 24 - May 22, 2008
Reception: Thursday, April 24, 6 - 8 PM
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Fake Estate is proud to present Casualties of Beauty, painter Sarah Chuldenko’s first solo show. A provocative collision of buoyant breasts, carnivorous plants, topographic flesh, oil slicks, and roadside IED’s, Chuldenko’s sensational paintings simultaneously depict phoenix totems of creation and destruction, with a hint of irony.

The imagery, while loaded, does not intend to correlate with specific incidents or events, nor does it seek to convey a specific political message. It’s a meditation on the state of the world from a distance, filtered through the artist’s own imagination and images she absorbs from the media.

In these new works, Chuldenko, a classically trained painter, merges elements of Surrealism and Pop, with aspects of Dutch Master still lives. In Love and Rockets, Chuldenko presents a polymorphic mass made up of oil, smoke, breasts, orchids and corn stalks. The mass, like a black tornado, is in a state perpetual flux, spurning debris, and constantly feeding off of itself.

Sarah Chuldenko was born in Ohio and lives and works in New York. She attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts as well as Cleveland Institute of Art and received an MFA from
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