Platform Gallery

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Originating from the French word plateforme, meaning ‘ground plan’ or ‘flat shape’, Platform is a public exhibition space at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara, that features the work of emerging artists displayed as two-dimensional printed media. The artwork displayed in the Platform exhibition gallery brings the University’s academic and community guests into dialogue with the IHC’s annual public events series theme in creative ways.

The current Platform exhibition of art by Sarah Svetlana engages with the IHC’s 2018–19 public events series theme, Social Securities, which considers the diverse human experiences of security and how people in a variety of social, political, and cultural contexts respond to conditions of precarity and uncertainty.

Platform is located on the 6th floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB), UC Santa Barbara.

About the Artist: Sarah Svetlana

Sarah Svetlana is a Los Angeles-based artist who, as a painter, explores the fragmentation of the subject in an ongoing search for home. An agency model, turned art model, Sarah Svetlana used her body as the first medium in her initial search for identity and self-expression. Her art has drawn and painted roadmaps between the two worlds of her upbringing in the irreconcilable cultures of Soviet Belarus and Immigrant America.

Her paintings suggest hectic movement, but also the stillness locked in each gesture of that movement. Her work is “rooted somewhere between the insanity of Kandinsky and the line-certainty of the early 20th century Futurists.” Each painting is a piece of the complex topography that defines both her identity and her work. Through the narratives created by a methodical application of color, she delivers an invocation of home—spectral and surreal, but familiar too.

Love is a psychosis I fully stand behind 
acrylic, oil stick, spray paint (20×16)
2018

Mama’s Compact
acrylic, spray paint, charcoal (60×48)
2018

Sat in the wrong class for an hour till I realized where I was
acrylic, spray paint and oil pastel (20×16)
2018

I brushed her hair off her shoulders
acrylic, spray paint, charcoal (60×48)
2018

Can I tell you, I love you
acrylic, spray paint, pastel crayon (60×48)
2018

A real escape artist, real shiesty I tell ya!
acrylic, spray paint (20×16)
2018

You are someone else, I am still right here
acrylic and spray paint (40×40)
2018

Fort Protected
acrylic, spray paint, charcoal (72×48)
2018

I hit her with my car, she barely felt a thing
acrylic, spray paint, oil stick (48×36)
2018

She’s saving up to bury herself
acrylic, spray paint, oil pastel (72×48)
2018

I left my heart in Pear Blossom
acrylic, spray paint, charcoal (70×48)
2018

Love those crazy eyes and those crazy pills
acrylic, oil pastel, spray paint (30×16)
2018

Tell Laura I’ll call her back
acrylic, spray paint, charcoal (72×48)
2018

Someone stole my shoes at the party, I had to wear size 11s home
acrylic, pencil, thrifted print (12×6)
2018