About: Mariana Fantich, born and raised in the Ukraine, is an artist and digital media specialist and Dominic Young is an English artist and retired professional musician. Since 2008, we have collaborated under the name Fantich & Young and are... Read More
About: Mariana Fantich, born and raised in the Ukraine, is an artist and digital media specialist and Dominic Young is an English artist and retired professional musician. Since 2008, we have collaborated under the name Fantich & Young and are currently based in London’s East End. Our art practice entails a crafted approach to the manipulation of symbolic ready-made materials. Our work addresses parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world: Nature as model or nature as threat.
Our art investigates and questions themes that relate to the concepts put forward by the 19th century political philosopher Herbert Spencer that became wildly known as Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism is a complex subject but in short it is the application of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary concept of natural selection to human society. Our work covers concepts that relate to competition, social hierarchy, winners and losers, persecutors and persecuted, invaders and the invaded and the grey areas in-between.
Education Mariana Fantich Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Art, Design and Communication, University of the Arts London Master of Fine Arts in Media, Slade School of Art, University College London Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Middlesex University Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Lviv National Academy of Arts, Ukraine
Dominic Young Master of Arts in Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Guildhall University
Solo Exhibitions 2017 – Darwinian Voodoo, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, Florida, USA 2015 - Apex Predator | Darwinian Voodoo, Projects+Gallery, St. Louis, USA 2012 - Artist Open Studio, Fantich & Young Studio, London, UK 2011 - Double Games, Red In Tooth And Claw, See Studio, London, UK 2010 - Artist Open Studio, Fantich & Young Studio, London, UK Group Exhibitions 2018 - A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, New Orleans Museum of Art, USA 2018 - RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), USA 2018 - Heaven or Hell, Cube Design Museum, Netherlands 2018 - “XOXO,” Des Lee Gallery, St Louis, USA 2017-18 - See Yourself E(x)ist, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NY, USA 2017 - Shoetopia, The Valade Family Gallery, Detroit, USA 2017 - High Heels, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe, Internationale Künstler und Designer, OT Lichtenwalde, Germany 2017 - The Object as Mirror, Projects+Gallery, St Louis,2016 - A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Art Seen Cultural Centre, Miami, USA 2016 - Darwinian Voodoo, BBT Luxury Lifestyle Expo, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi 2016 - People & Other Creatures, Projects+Gallery, St Louis, USA 2016 - Haute Hip Hop, Projects+Gallery, St Louis, USA 2016 – WILD, Inspirations space, Hall 7, Maison & Objet, Paris 2015 - Utopian Bodies, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2014 - White Perspectives, Somerset House, London, UK 2014 - History Under Your Feet, Spielzeug Welten Museum, Basel, Switzerland 2014 - Shoe Show, 360 Mall, Main Atrium, Al Zahra, Kuwait 2014 - The Threadneedle Prize 2014: Figurative Art Today, Mall Galleries, London, UK 2014 - Shoeting Stars, Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna, Austria 2014 - Friday Late, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK 2013 - Auf Schritt und Tritt, Villa Rot Museum, Burgrieden, Germany 2013 - Creekside Open 2013 Selected by Ceri Hand, A.P.T. Gallery, London, UK 2013 - Starker Auftritt!, Grassi Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig, Germany 2013 - Skin No. 1, Oukan, Concept Store for Japanese and International Avant-Garde, Berlin, Germany 2012 - Juxtaposition, See Studio, London, UK 2012 - On Fire, Old Fire Station, London, UK 2012 - Is This A Warning?, New Inn Yard, London, UK 2009 - Art of the Stitch, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary 2009 - Art of the Stitch, Fundación Valentín de Madariaga - MP, Seville, Spain 2008 - Art of the Stitch, Deutsches Textilmuseum, Krefeld, Germany 2008 - Art of the Stitch, Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK