Asya Reznikov’s work encompasses new media – photography, video and performance – in combination with sculpture. In the spirit of the Old Masters, she strives to create endless stories but in the context of her contemporary experience. Sometimes she continues where they left off, other times, she presents aspects not ordinarily considered and still other times, she juxtaposes and conflates to reveal present-day ironies. The underpinnings of Old Master works remain her formal sensibility; how she makes her compositions, how she frames and displays her work, while paying homage to the Old Masters, reflects her contemporary relationship to those familiar universes.
Born, in 1973 in the USSR, Reznikov holds an MFA degree from Hunter College, NY, an MFA degree from Universitat der Kunst, Berlin, Germany and a BFA degree from the Massachusetts College of Art, MA. She also studied at University of Wolverhampton, UK and Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She has had extensive solo exhibitions, including at Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NY; Flint Institute of Arts, MI; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY; Wake Forest University, NC; Susquehanna University, PA; The Butler Institute of American Art, OH and BASF, Schwarzheide, Germany. Her work is in many permanent collections including those of El Paso Art Museum, TX; Hearst Collection, NY; Vero Beach Museum of Art, FL; Wake Forest University Museum, NC; 21c Museum, KY and Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Germany. Reznikov received the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Postgraduate Fellowship, Germany; Edna Wells Lutz Frederick Foundation Scholarship, Germany; The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass Residency, NY; Morton Godine Fellowship, MA; Ministry of Culture of Spain’s Culturas Award and Jutta-Cuny Franz Foundation Award, Germany.
Featured image: Asya Reznikov, Be Fruitful, 2016, Video Installation, 4K Film, Wooden Frame, 1m 30s, Edition of 5, 144.8 x 118.8 x 10.1cm (57 x 36 x 4in.)