LOBBY x Cheltsoviii

LOBBY x Cheltsoviii

The "Boulevard Sophie Varennes" exhibition, a joint curatorial project of LOBBY and art collector and adviser Olga Vashchilina, invites the viewer to have a walk down the imaginary French street in the universe of the Cheltsovi sisters.

Inspired by the French painting at the turn of the XIX – XX centuries, the artists created unique asymmetrical objects: vases, plates and dishes in either soft pastel, or striking dark shades that captivate the viewer with their curves, twists and playful lines.

Quirky, hand-sculpted and hand-painted ceramics convey the lightness, brightness, breeziness of summer filled with tenderness, sweetness, carelessness and playful dancing. Bulky and at the same time statuesque vases are exhibited side by side with erratic and almost floating pieces that look like they are about to lose their balance — a kind of fun on the verge of madness.

Cheltsoviii is a collaborative art project of the Cheltsovi sisters – Varvara, the artist, and Sofya, the ceramist. It originated in 2019 in their family country house in Tarusa.

Sofya Cheltsova (b. 1995) took sculpture classes at the Vatagin School, trained at ceramic workshops at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (KABK) and at Gazworks studio in Brooklyn.

Varvara Cheltsova (b. 1996) is a graduate of the Trofimov workshop at the Institute of Business and Design in Moscow and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

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