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YELLOW! Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

Quince. 2015. © Yelena Zhavoronkova
Opening: Saturday, November 20, 4-6:30pm
Holiday pop-up: December 11, 1:00-5:00pm
Closing Reception: December 18, 4:00- 6:30pm

Juried by Ann Jastrab, Executive Director of Center for Photographic Art, Carmel.
Masks are required and guests will be limited in the gallery.

Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, Third Floor
Oakland, CA 94601

Light Sensitive. Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

Platinum Palladium Prints. © Yelena Zhavoronkova
Open through November 20, 2021

Art Intersection's eleventh-annual, international juried exhibition of images created using traditional darkroom, historical, and alternative photographic processes and methods.

Juried by Brian Taylor.

Art Intersection
207 North Gilbert Road, Second Floor
Gilbert, AZ 85234

BURNED. Corden|Potts Gallery

BURNED. 3256. 3290. © Yelena Zhavoronkova
From the Corden|Potts Gallery:
"Gallery artist Yelena Zhavoronkova, who has a home in Lake County where she’s experienced numerous fires first hand, gives us a personal account of one fire season in her project BURNED. You can now view BURNED on the Corden|Potts website."

Corden|Potts Gallery

LIGHT. MAC of Lake County, CA

Contraptions and Solutions. © Yelena Zhavoronkova


In early March 2020, the beginning stages of Covid-19’s quarantine, I was in active denial of the pandemic. While following all the recommended safety protocols, I was reluctant to even think about its existence, much less give it thought of how it could affect my art. I simply didn’t want to give it power to enter my world. But eventually, the outside reality started to creep into my life, taking physical space in my daily life. Disposable gloves, surgical masks, bottles of sanitizers and rubbing alcohol, disinfecting wipes, sterilization devices—all kinds of forms, shapes, and variations of protective gear filled up available spaces and surfaces of my house.

Once the objects began appearing in my everyday photo snaps, I gave up the resistance. The pandemic had won, and I decided to embrace it by giving it some meaning, incorporating it into my work. By this time, the strictest of quarantine restrictions had been lifted and the outside world was at my disposal. But to create this series of lumen prints, I decided to only use materials that could already be found in my house. In a way, I continued with a form of self-quarantine.

During the process, I experimented with a couple of everyday household UV devices by exposing various disinfectants and protective equipment objects on expired photography paper. While adjusting exposure times and changing the ways I applied the UV rays, I was surprised to find how the resulting images appeared both realistic and abstract at the same time. I worked with only one kind of black and white photo paper which produced a consistent color scheme. The various color combinations on the final prints were a result of the substances, colors, and translucence of each individual object I used in the process.

Light Exhibition at Middletown Art Center
September 25, 2021-January 3, 2022

Middletown Art Center
21456 State Hwy 175
Middletown, CA 95461

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