Stas Orlovski (night only)

Running Man (Nocturne), 2020
Projected Animation Loop (2:45)
48 x 48 inches

Space for this project has been generously donated by BOOKARTSLA, a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing the beauty of printing, binding and collecting artists’ and other hand made books to the public.

Artist Statement
Running Man (Nocturne) is a hand-drawn, stop-motion animation projected onto a storefront window to be viewed by pedestrians and motorists. The animation is based on an image from one of my mid-century, Russian children’s books that I grew up reading. The Running Man has been a recurring image in my recent work where I explore themes of migration, loss and dystopia. In this work, the Running Man is paired with a Suprematist geometric composition where figuration and abstraction merge, intermingle and collide.

Stas Orlovski is a Los Angeles based visual artist whose work includes painting, drawing and time-based media.  Orlovski has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. with solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and the Bay Area. His work is represented in public and corporate collections including the Crocker Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Progressive Art Collection among  others. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Skowhegan, Yaddo Corporation of the Arts, Art Omi, City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (COLA), J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship from the California Community Foundation, Artistic Innovation Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. In 2015, Orlovski’s multi-media installation “Chimera” traveled to the 56th Venice Biennale as part of “We Must Risk Delight”, a collateral exhibition at the Magazzino del Sale No. 3. Recent solo exhibitions include Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, Wende Museum in Culver City and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.