Olga & Petr
Procedural artist: A procedural artist is a mutation. A freak of nature. They live among us. They eat in the same restaurants as we do, and they go the the same movie theaters and also like to swim in the same beaches.
But they see the world differently. They can be staring at something and searching mathematical patterns for hours. You could say the are suffering some catatonia, but they don’t. They are simply absorbing data from scratches in the wall, rust in an iron plank, moss in a wet stone, ripples on a pond, cells pattern in skin… Because they are compulsive pattern makers.
Otherwise they are completely humans. They love and they suffer. They get angry and they can get drunk. They argue eachother and they make love.
So beware if you are hanged on your hand in the subway. You might see a person in front of you staring at your cloth patterns or at your irises… and smiling scarily. Never mind, they are inoffensive. They are artists doing their job!!!
Olga Vlková was born in Kiev (Ukraine)
Olga’s passion, besides painting, has been always music and dance since she was a kid. She says that she used to dance just to find patterns in movement and time.
Actually, she was studying classical dance and cello when painting and colors suddenly bursted into her life.
- I needed something more - she says - That’s when painting came to me. I started to paint quite late (I was 18) but I won’t never forget the first time a drop of oil painting fell down accidentally into the glass of varnish, and then it started to blossom, as a flower. It was magical, for me. Just what I was looking for!
She studied art in Kiev National University of Culture and Arts. In the last year she was awarded a scholarship to move to New York, where she started to work as a successful abstract artist during five years.
Olga loves american abstract expressionism. Specially Rothko and his fields of color paintings. That's something the critics always spotlight on her work: the superb and brave use of colors and the ambiguity of her organic shapes.
- But my true inspiration are clouds and nature - she says
Inspiration, by Olga Vlková. Mixed media on canvas
Petr Vlk was born in Milková (northeast of Slovakia).
When he was 6 their parents took him to doctors. They were worried about his behavior and about the possibility of suffering some kind of autism.
- Your kid is perfectly perfect. Give him a piece of paper and a pencil. Give him some brushes and ink, too. You will see!
The doctor was right. He suddenly changed his mood and it was the beginning of his passion about patterns.
Later, he decided to study art in Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. At the age of 22 he was awarded a scholarship to finish his studies as a painter in New York.
He realized he was a procedural quite old, as for him it's so natural to draw and paint following mathematical patterns. He is specially fascinated about wood and water. His work is line and brush strokes based, and always black, grey and white colors, due to his strong daltonism.
Critics have praised the elegance of his lines and the strenght of his black and white compositions. Some critics even say that Jackson Pollock could have been influenced by him. He always says it’s impossible:
- Pollock died almost twenty years before I was born! WTF!
Some critics, you know…
Taking a walk, by Petr Vlk. Mixed media on canvas
Olga and Petr met in New York. Now they are married and they live and work in his rural house - studio in Arles (France)
They are presenting their first together exhibition at the Procedural Museum, in Tel Aviv.
Olga & Petr Together, at the Procedural Museum, Tel Aviv
The Procedural Museum, Tel Aviv
The Procedural Museum was founded in 2001 by the Israeli mathematic Yosef Ben-Aharon. It’s part of the Procedural Art Foundation and it’s currently the most exclusive center about Proceduralism.
They count with an advanced Procedural Art Research Center, the first one dedicated exclusively to this subject.
- Our goal is to recruit procedural artists all over the world, and make this place in a temple of tolerance and wisdom - Yosef says - At the same time we are trying to connect our researches with Art History.
Actually their last publishing was about Jackson Pollock as a potential Procedural artist.
They work only with artists who later are projected to other world galleries.
The exhibition of Olga & Petr is at the west wing of the museum; a gallery called The Chapel. You must take off your shoes to enter there, and remain in silence. Only birds can be heard there.There is not any kind of artificial light in that room, only sun light can enter in through the cristal ceiling. The crystals have an spacial treatment to filter the UV radiations and so protect the pigments of the works exhibited there.
Everyday a couple of drones take care of the chapel washing and cleaning the crystals. And watching over the place safety.
The Chapel. Procedural Museum, Tel Aviv
All the works have been made with Blender by the author, using only procedural textures.
You can see Olga's works here
You can see Petr's works here
And here you have their common work and also some pics from The Chapel.
Health and Love for everyone!!!
Note: I'm not a native English speaker and sometimes I think I'm writing too much ;) Anyway I apologize for every single mistake I make with your beautiful language. If you feel like correcting me or giving me some advice, please, don't hesitate: drop me a line! I'll be glad to read you!