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SELECTED WORKS BY Yelena Popova

Balance Of Probabilities
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

Dimensions variable
With their transparent, softened geometric forms, Yelena Popova’s paintings recall the graphics and aesthetics of both Russian Constructivism and Minimalism, and open up conversations about the materiality of painting today.

Popova’s practice encompasses painting, video and installation, and all her work is tied together by an interest in exploring the concept of balance, whether in politics, representation, or in our relationship with machines.

“I’m not interested in making single objects, but in creating a complex network of facts, fictions, emotions, gestures, materials and images, which could relate to the world outside it,” the artist explains.
For a recent project she made paintings and video inspired by the metaphor of the discus thrower; the elliptical curves and repeated, rhythmic shapes on her linen canvases articulate the kind of balance, external and internal, expressed through fixed rotation. Popova’s films, which deal with overt imbalances such as Cold War topics and radioactivity, seem the perfect counterpoint to her 2D work, the flipside of the same theme.

Balance of Probability is a multi-part installation of paintings on linen that plays with similar ideas. The canvases in a range of sizes combine graphic pattern and unpredictable shapes with a delicacy of touch and thin gradients of pale colour that sometimes even show the grain of their linen surfaces. Precariously arranged on each other or held in place with makeshift pallet supports and even a doorknob, the paintings convey a sense both of dangerous asymmetry and of harmonious interconnectedness.

Lupe Nùñez-Fernández
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

170 x 130 cm
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

127 x 102 x 3 cm
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

40.5 x 30.5 x 2 cm
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

113 x 68 x 2.5 cm
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic projects, brass doorknob

40.5 x 30.5 x 2 cm
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

140 x 94 x 3 cm
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

40.5 x 30.5 x 2 cm
Overblown Hero
Yelena Popova
Overblown Hero

2011

Mixed media on linen

170 x 110 cm
Untitled
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

75 x 55 cm
Untitled
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

75 x 55 cm
Untitled
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

40 x 30 cm
Untitled
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

110 x 70 cm
Untitled
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

150 x 90 cm
Untitled (Cool Flames)
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Cool Flames)

2011

Mixed media on linen

120 x 90 cm
Untitled
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

52.5 x 37 cm
Untitled (Smile)
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Smile)

2011

Mixed media on linen

58 x 46 cm
Untitled (Bats)
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Bats)

2011

Mixed media on linen

55 x 48 cm
Untitled (Bat)
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Bat)

2011

Mixed media on linen

52 x 38 cm
Untitled (Shiny Frisbee)
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Shiny Frisbee)

2011

Mixed media on linen

120 x 90 cm

Yelena Popova's BIOGRAPHY

Yelena Popova
Born in 1978, Urals, Russia
Lives and works in Nottingham, UK


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2012
Nameless Nobles, Solo show, NN Gallery, Northampton
The Portrait Gallery, Cole Gallery, London
Portrait Gallery Withdrawn part of ‘Abstract Possible’, East Side Projects, Birmingham.
Olympic Throw, Zabludowicz Collection ‘Invites’, London.
Unnamed, Solo show, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Berlin.
Yelena Popova and Granddad Hill’, Trade Gallery, Nottingham.

2010
Unnamed, Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

2009
Josto Flowers, 40 Kvadratov Gallery, Smolensk, Russia, curated by Dmitry Zimin
Martian Gardener, Hand and Heart gallery, Notttingham
Clamour, Farnham malting, Farnham, Surrey


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2013
New Positions, Art Cologne with Figge von Rosen Gallery.
Group show, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2012
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London
Nada Art Fair with Cole Gallery, Miami, USA
CAVE Art Fair, Liverpool.
Three Artists Show, Hilary Crisp Gallery, London.
An_Eignungen, Kunstverein Langenhagen e.V, Hanover, Germany.
Selma Parlour / Yelena Popova, Horton Gallery, New York.
Twofold: Gregor Hylla/ Yelena Popova, Outpost Gallery, Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
The Red Mansion Art Prize Winners Exhibition 2011/2012, Royal Academy, London
Joyful Archipelago’, group show, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, London

2011
New Sensations, Victoria House, London
New Contemporaries, Sheffield, ICA London
RCA MA Show, Battersea, London
The Bookmark Project’ The Study, Nottingham Contemporary, curated by Yelena Popova
Never Let Me Go, Project space, Quad, Derby
E=MC2, at The Toilet Gallery, Kingston, London, curated by Kate Renwick
Keep Doors & Passages Clear, White Columns Gallery, New York, curated by Tom Godfrey
Tracing Shadows in the Dark’, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London, curated by Yelena Popova

2010
Salt, RU Arts Gallery, Young Artists Biennale Moscow, Russia, curated by Anna Buivid
Ztime, Era Foundation, Young Artists Biennale Moscow, Russia, curated by Anna Buivid
Oasis, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, curated by Catherine Hemelryk
Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London
Ztime, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London, curated by Mindy Lee & Yelena Popova
Goshka Macuga’s cabinet installation, ‘Star City Show’, Nottingham Contemporary
Memory & Migration’, DEDA, Derby, curated by Saira Lloyd

2009
Indoor Life, Walden Affairs, Den Haag, Holland, curated by Tom Godfrey
Pan-Demonium, Art Currencies Institute, New York, USA, curated by Gillian Whiteley
VI International Biennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts, Novosibirsk, Russia
Laika Sam und Felix, Carolyn Heinz Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
Free Wi-Fi, Zurab Tsereteli Gallery of Arts, Moscow, Russia, curated by Andrey Bartenev
Glitch, (two man show), Zverevsky Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Drawing with Dolphins, Crimes Town Gallery, London, curated by Marcus Cope
Gold Soundz at Southwell Artspace, Nottingham, curated by Geoffrey Litherland
UFO, Moscow Young Artist Biennale, Moscow, Russia, curated by Andrey Bartenev
Homoludens Festival, Warsaw, Poland

2007
Chichester Open Art Exhibition, Chichester, Sussex