Victoria Borisova - Transformation of a Pattern260 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10008 28 - 30 Sep 2018Since 2016, Borisova has been developing a series of mixed media work to explore pattern transformation in relation to space. The series underscores the interplay between her two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, employing an expansive array of forms and materials, including canvas, pin, metal wire, wood and acrylic paint. For this show, she has increased both the scale and magnitude of her work.
The largest piece in the show Construction/Deconstruction (Transformation of a Sleeve) (2018) is a site-specific installation consisting of over a hundred pre-cut canvas pieces, assembled on location. The Garment District, a center of change and amalgamation of ideas and culture in New York City serves as the perfect backdrop for this exhibition.
Borisova was introduced to sewing and pattern drafting at a young age by her mother, a magnificent tailor. The sculptural quality of textiles deeply fascinates Borisova. A two-dimensional piece of fabric develops into a three-dimensional garment through a tailor’s skillful manipulation and construction. Five vivid collages in Pattern Obsession Combine (2016) and five new large paintings Untitled 1 - 5 (2018) in the show trace the theme of pattern transformation recurring in Borisova’s work.
The concept animating this body of work, according to Borisova, lies in the dualities between the traditional and new, the temporary and permanent, and the mobile and still. While not referencing specific artistic antecedents in Transformation of a Pattern, Borisova’s visual vocabulary draws connections to abstract art movements including constructivism, spatialism and Neo-Dada.