Selected works by Yelena Popova

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
Yelena Popova
Balance Of Probabilities (detail)

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

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

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

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

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

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

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

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

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic projects, brass doorknob

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

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

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

2011

Mixed media on linen, wooden domestic objects, brass doorknob

40.5 x 30.5 x 2 cm
Yelena Popova
Overblown Hero

2011

Mixed media on linen

170 x 110 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

75 x 55 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

75 x 55 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

40 x 30 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

110 x 70 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

150 x 90 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Cool Flames)

2011

Mixed media on linen

120 x 90 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled

2011

Mixed media on linen

52.5 x 37 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Smile)

2011

Mixed media on linen

58 x 46 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Bats)

2011

Mixed media on linen

55 x 48 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Bat)

2011

Mixed media on linen

52 x 38 cm
Yelena Popova
Untitled (Shiny Frisbee)

2011

Mixed media on linen

120 x 90 cm

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Exhibition information – Yelena Popova

yelenapopova.co.uk
Artists website- Yelena Popova

slideshow2010
Exhibition information – Yelena Popova

fuel.rca.ac.uk
Graduate Diary- Yelena Popova

vimeo.com
Artist’s videos- Yelena Popova