Digital print face-mounted to Diasec
59 × 118.1 in
150 × 300 cm
Dedication to the Spider is more of an abstract form than a narrative. And yet, the combination of both smooth and sharp elongated forms hints at the presence of character to whom the work is dedicated. This work is associated with a specific experience - the unintentional killing of a spider that accidentally entered the artist's home. By dedicating his artwork to the spider, the artist attempts to a partial expiation of his guilt.
The piece is a testament to the artist's emotional distress when confronted with the physical reality of the everyday. Dedication to the Spider is an attempt to perpetuate this meeting in the digital space by dedicating it to the concept Rybchenko supports, the state non-violence and universal coexistence in harmony.
Stepan Ryabchenko is an artist for whom digital tools have become fundamentals for his artistic works and projects. Combining figurative and abstract futuristic language, he creates large scale digital prints and computer animation, which become "fragments" of the virtual universe he designed. Often the subjects of the image are imaginary plants and animals – the surrealistic appearance of the life form, existing according to the laws of the world created for them by the artist. The virtual landscapes in which Ryabchenko unfolds the stories of the characters are a self-sufficient multidimensional digital reality. Despite its technological digital origin, the appearance of this space is far from all urban and man-made. In his other works, Stepan Ryabchenko explores digital “antiheroism” by visualizing computer viruses. Using one of the components of the technogenic development of mankind as a tool, the artist appeals to the topic of human relations with the virtual and natural environment.
Stepan Ryabchenko's works have been exhibited at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Saatchi Gallery in London, Krolikarnia in Warsaw, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Manege and Gostiny Dvor in Moscow, in particular. His works have also been exhibited in many places in Ukraine, including PinchukArtCentre, Mystetskyi Arsenal, National Art Museum, M17 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Odessa Modern Art, Modern Art Research Institute, etc.