January 13–April 8, 2016
Slinko is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Ukraine, and now working and living in New Jersey. Slinko studied painting at Kharkiv Institute of Indusrtial Art, graphic design at Fashion Institute of Technology, and has an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to Bemis residency Slinko has been awarded Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and had residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Sculpture Space, Henry Street Settlement, and Dar al-Ma’mun in Morocco. Slinko has exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park, Vox, Populi, Soap Factory, and published in Possible Press, Rattle Journal, and +rosebud magazine.
Slinko’s work takes on different approaches ranging from anthropological fieldwork to improve performance. Mining discarded ideas, failed dreams, and abandoned hopes, Slinko is preoccupied with giving graspable forms to ambiguities of human experience. Whether the projects take place at a market square in Marrakech, across Eastern Ukraine, or in a small town of Maine, Slinko lets real-life situations guide the work. Often inspired by specific cultural and political contexts, Slinko merges storytelling, sculpture, and moving images to pay tribute to everyday resilience, solidarity, and humor.