Polina Barskaya’s paintings are a form of storytelling that reflect domestic life and all its dramas and upsets. Barskaya paints at her home, which is a few blocks from her family in the Russian community of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Barskaya’s paintings come from pictures taken in the Soviet Union, Italy during her immigration, the ‘90s in NYC, and travel photos. In her recent paintings, she continues to draw from images of her family circle.
Jason Reyen also lives and works in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Reyen’s paintings have the fervent, fertile writhe of a freshly dug garden plot, rich and cloudy with protean, painterly loam. Absurdist, murksome, and palpably searching, Reyen’s smeary grounds are also haunted by occasional semi-human and bestial forms.