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Artist Check-in: Tim Lytvinenko

21c Durham Elevate artist, Tim Lytvinenko caught up with 21c and shared how he is feeling these days, what he is looking forward to in his art practice, and what he has been cooking in the kitchen!

On Friday, October 29th, artist Tim Lytvinenko will be taking over 21c Durham’s Instagram for the day. Tune in to see a day in the life of Tim Lytvinenko!

How are you feeling today? This week? This year? 

Today: hopeful. This week: I’m enjoying the cooler weather. This year: anxious. It’s been a tough year. How many lifetimes were packed into this time of the pandemic? It’s been a weird liminal space for most of the world. I do enjoy a different kind of peace I have now than from the “before times” and hope some of that will stick around.

Raspberry Chocolate Pillow, 2018, 80 x 72in, Photo transfer on to wood panel with gel and paint.  This work was from Liminality, shown in 2018. This was about coping with losing my mother and how small windows of time can create large changes.

What are you looking forward to in your art practice?

I got a new printer after two quit on me this year. It’s difficult and fun and a lot of work to figure out what I can do with the new tool. Sometimes it means I can’t do processes I’ve done previously. Which is difficult to take sometimes, it’s easy to see and do what you’re used to doing. It’s more difficult to be open to things that have never occurred to you.

I recently got a commission to create an artwork directly on someone’s wall at home. I haven’t ever done anything like this and am very excited about it. It’ll be like a mural but with one of my processes!

Lotus, 2021, 32 x 24in, Photo transfer on archival photo paper. Lotus is part of a brand-new series I complete this year titled Perennial which is about decay followed by reinvention and renewal. This will be available through soon.

Do you have any #protips or things you have learned in the past year that you would like to share with fellow artists?

Make YOUR work, tell YOUR story, and love your work. At that point it’s ok to feel vulnerable when you share it because it’s yours.

Quantum, 2015, 264 x 132in, Photo transfer on archival photo paper. Quantum was the centerpiece of Freefall shown in 2015. This work was created by making 450 transfers at 8x8in square. Freefall touched on the idea of choice and the balance of anxiety.

What is your go-to food of choice these days? Any new recipes that you have tried that you are excited to make again? 

Oh man, I’ve been cooking so much lately and I love it. Recently I stared making pizza at home and one of my favorites is a dessert pizza with—mozzarella, peach and apricot jams, sliced apples, and cinnamon.

I’m also very excited about soup season. I love Japanese soups. One of my recent favorites has been a miso curry broth, noodles, sautéed vegetables and a runny egg.

Lavender, 2021, 11x14in, Photo transfer on to metallic gold photo paper. Lavender is part of a brand-new series I completed this year titled Perennial, which is about decay followed by reinvention and renewal. This will be available through soon.

What are you reading or watching or listening to that you would recommend to others?

TV: Dark and Westworld. Both very heavy in ideas and difficult to watch sometimes.

Taskmaster—a British comedy show. Seriously there are twelve seasons and it has been going on since 2015, and why did it take me this long to hear about it?

Books: Three Body Problem

Manga: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. This book was so calming and beautiful. I read it last year and am nearly 3/4 through it again.

Untitled, 2019, Multiple photo transfer on to canvas with paint and gel, 55x45in. This work is part of a bigger project Postliminal and the third chapter called Equilibrium. This set of moons were paired with a new version of the floating bodies of Freefall creating a different feeling from the original showing.

Artist Bio:

Tim Lytvinenko is a photographer and printmaker. With a background in computer science and 15 years as a fine art and documentary photographer, Tim explores ideas of what it means to be human.  Experimenting heavily with print processes and manipulating digital photographs, Lytvinenko creates emotional and detailed multi-media works on the subject of self. His recent work can be seen across the Raleigh skyline on the 66-foot-tall facade of The Dillon and in private collections across the East coast and the South.

To learn more about Tim’s practice, check out his website or follow him on instagram @newtim