September 2nd – october 2nd

Beesworks

by Olya Salimova 

 

Sharp Gallery Open Hours

Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Sundays: Closed
Holidays: Closed

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Produced by the abdominal glands of bees to create cells of the honeycomb – an example of “animal” architecture – wax acts as a metaphor and link between nature and its organization on the one hand and human intellect and creativity on the other. Its malleability, the way it is both fluid and solid means it can be used for any type of representation, as a continuous and original act of creation.

The symbolism of the bee, with its diligence and assiduousness with which she carries out its labor can be put on par with the work of the artist and the discipline with which she creates.
The works presented here are made of beeswax or include beeswax in combination with other materials

The goal of this exhibition is to ponder on the significance of artistic labor as an act of resilience and the relevance of time in the process of creation.

 

September 2nd – October 2nd

Featured Work

Azulejos

Habitat

2021

Weight

Beeswax, Foamular, plywood, lightbulb

23 x 23 x 9 inches

2021

Memory 

Beeswax on canvas

24 x 36 inches

2021

12 pm – 1pm in site sharp gallery

Opening September 2nd

 

Opening Performance

Consecrations 

“How would I explain the ritual? What do I know about the ceremony without following any? 
 
Our understanding of nature no longer conforms to the idilic and the primordial. 
 
Neither are the roots of many firmly planted in the soil. What spiritual practices must be invented? I am forced to invent a pidgin language.” 

 

SITE Sharp Gallery September 2nd – October 2nd, 2021
Performance with: Olya Salimova
Video Documentation by Beatrice Kilkelly-Schmidt
Audio Transcription: Bees buzz. Voices are singing quietly. One voice narrates: The eager. Our child chases petroglyphs. Simple deep religious expeditions. Daring beekeepers art frequently. Honeycombing the paintings for dwellers. The low lighting. Winter gathering but skins. Multiple voices narrate: Infants laid the tools. Change is served red. The tropical honey of spider. Special thorny tools. No of know from bees. From young bees. Our honey. What honey? Fact and honey. Rock. Felt. Found. Sacred. Created. Ceremonial life. But. Bees. Depiction to us. Petroglyphs. The. The. That. Which? The queen. Piano sound. Bees buzz.

11 am – 12 pm Monday – friday

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Daily Gallery Activation

From 11 am – 12 pm Monday – Friday, the artist will be working alone in the gallery. During this time the gallery will be closed. We invite you to watch through the Sharp Gallery’s glass doors and windows.

 

Beeswax is the concrete, steel, and glass of the bee nest. Bees must ingest and metabolize twenty pounds of honey to make one pound of wax. Bees manipulate wax with their mandibles and add enzymes and saliva to the mix.  

 
To convert nectar to honey, a bee regurgitates nectar as many as two hundred times to raise the sugar level. She also must fan her wings up to 226, 400 times over the comb to evaporate the water. 
 
Similarly the artist labors over her creations contributing energy, tenacity, and time.  

Beeswax is the concrete, steel, and glass of the bee nest. Bees must ingest and metabolize twenty pounds of honey to make one pound of wax. Bees manipulate wax with their mandibles and add enzymes and saliva to the mix.  

 
To convert nectar to honey, a bee regurgitates nectar as many as two hundred times to raise the sugar level. She also must fan her wings up to 226, 400 times over the comb to evaporate the water. 
 
Similarly the artist labors over her creations contributing energy, tenacity, and time.  

 

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