Slava Polishchuk

Oil and paper on canvas

We analyzed the painting on the third floor behind the glass wall with square panels. There is no plaque providing information about the artist’s intent or materials, but from appearances, it seems to be oil or acrylic paint on canvas. The painting is approximately thirty feet long and five feet high. The majority of this painting consists of a repeating pattern of black and white squares, interrupted at two points between black and white paint within individual squares creates a sense of depth that increases as the viewer steps back form the painting. Within each subunit of the pattern and on the larger black squares, there is a lattice-like pattern in the paint, perhaps produced by the artists dragging an instrument through thick layers of paint that were still wet.

The painting is hung in an inaccessible space, over computer cubicles and behind a glass wall. It is divided over five canvases, presumably for transportation and installation ease. The artist’s abstract construction of a pattern with inconsistencies suggests a theme of variation within conformity. Each smaller square in the pattern has a slight difference in its coloring and geometric structure. Not all lines are perfectly parallel to each other, and some white borders have geometrically similar computer cubicles and behind square-shaped panels of glass causes it to resemble its surroundings. The visual connection between the painting and the computer stations with students below implies that though student life can fall into a common template, each student has a uniqueness unto him or herself.

Katie Chiu, Julia Buczynski-Kos, Julia Paré