Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Vague Accent by Olga Chernysheva at the Drawing Center

Walking into the Drawing Gallery to see Vague Accent by Olga Chernysheva (based in Moscow) one must enter a small room, hung with a series of drawings made during Chernysheva’s month-long visit to New York City in November 2015. Hung at varying heights the sketches challenges viewers to see the pieces clearly.

Each charcoal rendering captures the ever-present New York moments which surround us. In Untitled [A Play…], looking across a subway platform, a man is standing by a garbage can while two large piles of trash in bags rest on carts nearby. Other than a figure using a cell phone this scene could have taken place any time in the last hundred years. With quick strokes, and gritty medium the artist captures the unpolished character of the New York subway station.

Trains blur past in other untitled works captioned, “…NY trains often change routes unpredictably. But the conductors know the new plan.” The text, printed and pasted onto the paper with intention, compliment the drawings without being overpowering.

By making her pieces more difficult to see, Olga Chernysheva asks her viewer to focus on common scenes they would otherwise pass - the grainy charcoal like an old memory of the first time you saw the act unfold.


Olga Chernysheva, Vague Accent, 2016, installation view, Drawing Center, New York. Photo: Martin Parsekian


  1. I like the way that you introduce and describe this exhibit."Hung at varying heights, a trail of sketches across the wall..." This sentence gives me the sense that childlike and energetic vibration of the gallery The only thing I would suggest is that in the last paragraph maybe you could elaborate more about the texture and the details of these sketches.For example, you can see how she depicts the scene by choosing special angles of her composition and the level of how much she smears the charcoal to render the tone of her works.

  2. You describe this show very well. I particularly like the first paragraph, though I would remove: "Entrance is a $5 fee at the reception desk." that sentence interrupts the flow of the words before and after it. I also that that your last sentence is very strong.