In Place is a decentralized exhibition hosted by ten Miami-based organizations presenting, parallel to their regular programs, one to three works from the portrait series We Become Better by Ukrainian artist Oleksyi Sai. The paintings represent an interpretation of the recovery of human texture as a feature claimed when we distance ourselves from superficial preoccupations. Sai portrays men and women from the corporate world as characters that experience transformation when practices of consumerism are removed from their daily life. The exhibition aims to create a shared narrative related to the flow of culture, common spaces of analysis, and mutual observations. This exhibition comes together through the support of Miami-based art and art-related organizations, and the Voloshyn Gallery (Kyiv).
Oleksiy Sai is the artist who uses different media, but is mostly known for his personal invention – the praxis of Exel-Art. Sai has been working with Excel software as a visual language resource since 2004. The first exhibition entitled Excel-Art was held at the Tsekh Gallery in Kyiv in 2007. Besides the fact that Sai sees the means of Excel as the most appropriate mode of addressing the office life realities, the artist’s choice to embrace the software developed to process large corpuses of data is also an attempt to demystify art practice as such.
Oleksiy Sai was born in 1975 in Kyiv, where he lives and works to this day. He graduated from the Kyiv College of Arts and Industries with a degree in graphic design in 1993, and from the Department of Easel Graphic Art at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2001. PinchukArtCentre Prize nominee ’09, he is widely exhibited. Oleksiy Sai took part in many group and solo exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. His works were exhibited at Black Square Gallery (Miami, the USA), Saatchi Gallery (London, the UK), Bunsen Goertz Gallery (Nurembreg, Germany), PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art (Perm, Russia), etc.