Vera Iliatova @ Monya Rowe

Vera Iliatova, Rosesudden, 2015, oil on canvas, 26 by 30 inches (courtesy of Mon
Vera Iliatova, Rosesudden, 2015, oil on canvas, 26 by 30 inches (courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery)

Rob Colvin reviews Vera Iliatova: For Now, At Once at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, on view through April 12, 2015.

Colvin writes: "New to the artist’s work is the appropriation of the still life as a foreground element to the background landscape. This is a motif drawn most explicitly from Jane Freilicher ... In contrast to Freilicher, however, Iliatova’s floral arrangements are denser, more spatially complicated, more uncertain in their life cycle; some flowers are wilting, losing color and vitality, while others are in full bloom and erect. The physical placement of the still lifes — up front — and in their embodiment of elapsed time become the silent narrators of what we do see and complicit witnesses to what we don’t."