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Starting October 14, local artist Rudolf Sokolovski will showcase his pieces sketched, built, and carved for his debut solo exhibition, Modern Sculpture.
Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, #Sokolovski was raised in Vancouver and was immersed into the art world at an early age. His father, monumentalist-sculptor Valeri Sokolovski, was an inspiration and mentor. Building onto his practical knowledge, Sokolovski studied Greco-Roman composition including Michelangelo, Bernini, and Rodin.
We sat down with Rudy (as we’ve grown to call him) to learn more about the artist behind the sculptures and get a glimpse of what to expect. The exhibit runs October 14 to 19 11AM-7PM daily, closing at 5PM on Sunday.
@thisopenspace: Your work focuses on figurative compositions and life-sized busts. How do you choose which individuals to sculpt?
Rudy Sokolovski: A lot of my pieces deal with the human form in one way or another. I think the human form is an amazing creation, in its construction, in its movement, in its beauty. With portraits I like to capture personality. Making a portrait is an intimate process for me because I need to study the person first and foremost, study their subtleties and their gaze. This is easier when they pose for you as you can talk to them, look at their body language and how they are, but with persons that have passed it requires studying photos, videos, and learning about them so you can capture their essence. So I usually sculpt persons that I find interesting in some way as I will be spending some time with them.