Jan Kossen

Contemporary Art Gallery

Oleg Petrenko (Pepper)

2012

CV/BIO

Exhibitions

ArtFair Cologne

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Untitled (Kuniyoshi ...
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Untitled (Kuniyoshi ...
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Untitled (Kuniyoshi ...
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Untitled, Muramatsu...
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Untitled, Onodera K...
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Untitled, Sakagaki ...
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Untitled, Hazama Shi...
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Untitled, Ishijo, Fr...
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Untitled, Kimura Oka...
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Untitled, Kurahashi ...
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Untitled, Nakamura K...
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Untitled, Otaka Geng...
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Artists Statement

Petrenko’s  new series of works  "The Adventures of Kuniyoshi",  plays with comparisons, where a succession of samurai warriors are shown confronting famous elements taken from various epochs in modern art. The figure of the samurai is taken from a series of woodcut prints by the Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 -1861). The prints tells the true story of the 47 Ronin (masterless samurai), or faithful vassals who avenged the death of their lord in the early 18th century.  The prints illustrate and define the Japanese concept of loyalty, providing a supreme example of the samurai ideals of cool courage and fidelity.

The artist creates tongue-in-cheek scenes by merging Kuniyoshi’s Ronin with the heroic symbols of modern, Western art.  Is it a gentle reminder that much which is revered in Western art is borrowed from the East. Indeed, the French Impressionists were formerly known as Le Japonaise, for their admiration and usage of Japanese woodcuts for influencing their works.  One of these artists include Toulouse Lautrec, who borrowed the flat perspective method of painting found in Japanese woodcut prints, when creating his posters for the Moulin Rouge.  Petrenko takes these facts, and creates a work where two artists are seemingly caught in confrontation:  Lautrec meets Kuniyoshi. Other Western artists in the series include Otto Dix and his portrait of Sylvia van Harden having a têt-a-têt with a samurai, Chagall and his floating figures above a town; Mondrian’s strict linear works and Duchamp’s wheel.


The total series consists of over 22 works will be showcased at JanKossen for the first time, in November 2012.