We had the good fortune of connecting with Vita Eruhimovitz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vita, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” — Albert Einstein
When I graduated from high school it seemed like there was a clear path for me in life. Ten years later I realized that this was not only an illusion, but also an un-productive one. I spent years wandering and looking for something unknown to me – until I realized that I am an artist. I still keep wondering and looking for “something” – (which isn’t very popular to admit these days) – however my wondering today is within my art practice. I believe some call it “research”.
Wondering is at the center of my art practice and by now I have fully embraced it. My paintings aren’t fully abstract, yet they aren’t representational. My topics evolve from year to year and my inspirations and references span a wide range of interests. I love experimenting with new techniques and materials and while there are recurrent themes and images in my works – I never wish to commit myself to a “style”. For me “style” and art don’t go together.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’d rather tell you about an adventurous art project that brought me to LA. Two years ago I left NYC to embark on a nomadic art project: Off the Road. The goal of the project was to explore the country away from big cities, learn about nature, culture, and history, and create paintings based on the experiences of this trip. Coming from a very small country one of the great appeals of the USA for me was its giant size, with its natural and cultural diversity, and it was the taste of that diversity I was after. My partner who was working remotely at the time joined me on the road trip, we packed our belonging and my art supplies in our small truck and off we went. This was a truly off-the -beaten path trip. We generally tried to avoid tourist destinations and explored some of the more unusual and remote places. I met artists, scientists, nature conservationists, and farmers from all around the country and learned from them about their life, work, and the places they live in. We hiked, camped, and rock climbed all over. We stayed in artist residencies, where I painted in my studios. Working on my art that summer was incredibly inspired and productive and while travelling much of the time I accomplished a lot at the studio.
Three months, ten states, and a few thousand miles later, during a stay at an art residency in New Mexico both my partner and I simultaneously arrived to the thought that we’re captivated by the American West and want to stay here. Serendipitously, we managed to quickly find jobs in LA and drove right through to the city. In a matter of days found an apartment and a studio, and have been living and working here since.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As I mentioned, I’m still new to the city and most of my time here was during the pandemic. So I’m still discovering much of it. However, here are some fun spots:
Ace Hotel cinema
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Virgil
Rose park in Huntington Gardens
Hauser and Wirth Gallery(s) and the onsite restaurant/bar Manuela
Highland park’s hills
Griffith park observatory
Hangar 18, an awesome climbing gym by the airport
Keystone art center: art studios and gallery: before the pandemic they used to have awesome open studio events that brought in thousands of visitors. Hopefully these will resume
Some favorite art galleries: Nikodim gallery in downtown, Regen Projects, Nino Mier gallery in West Hollywood, and The Pit in Glendale
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wonzimer Gallery in LA – who are a young gallery in LA, but already are creating an amazing culture and community around them. I believe that they not only be greatly successful, but also will be able to bring to LA art scene true sense of community, diversity, creative freedom, and boundless inspiration.