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Article by Julia Finnegan

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WHY PAINT? OKWA

JUNE 24TH-AUGUST 7TH, 2021


In this show OKWA artists address the question(s):  What does paint do for you in your expression?  Why do you choose it rather than another medium?  

OKWA paints: Group Exhibition

June 24th-August 7th, 2021

Tim De Rose: New Works August 12 - September 18, 2021

Sticks and Stones: A Collaborative Installation 

September 23 - October 30, 2021

A Show of Smalls: Group Show 

November 5 - December 24, 2021

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PHILEEN DICKINSON - COVID STUDIES 2020: EXTROSPECTION

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ArtBook - Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume III

This volume of drawings and photographs completes the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia trilogy. Danzig Baldaev’s unparallelled ethnographic achievement, documenting more than 3,000 tattoo drawings, was made during a lifetime working as a prison guard. His recording of this esoteric world was reported to the KGB, who unexpectedly supported him, realizing the importance of being able to establish facts about convicts by reading the images on their bodies. The motifs depicted represent the uncensored lives of the criminal classes, ranging from violence and pornography to politics and alcohol. A medieval knight is surrounded by the severed heads of his enemies, a naked woman simultaneously services a man and two dwarfs, a crying President Gorbachev grips a human bone between sabre-like fangs, a group of angels drink vodka with God on a cloud--the meanings of these arresting images are explained to the uninitiated eye. Sergei Vasiliev’s graphic photographs show the grim reality of the Russian prison system and some of the alarming characters that inhabit it, while the illustrated criminals of Russia tell the tale of their closed society. This volume, the last in the trilogy, includes an introduction by historian Alexander Sidorov exploring the origins of the Russian criminal tattoo and their various meanings today.

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