The photographs of the young artist Ivan Mikhaylov depict a reality that seems to be far from us : soviet-style playgrounds made of rockets from another era; young people, covered with plaids, who seem lost looking to the buildings of a huge city.
But this reality is the contemporary Russia: a country that has lost any kind of inspiration and lives with the nostalgy of dreams like space exploration; a vast city, Moscow, with its agressive advertising, traffic jams, and expensive shop windows, that seems inadapted for the young people moving from the provinces to the capital.
The galerie Stanislas Bourgain is happy to promote the artwork of this talented Russian contemporary photographer, born in the small city of Novocheboksarsk on the Volga river and living now in Moscow.
His photographs also inaugurate a new digital extension of the gallery on the artplace artsper.com
Each photograph is available on the formats 30x30cm, 50x50cm and 100x100cm, edition of 10, 7 and 5 copies.
GARAGE, the Moscow’s Center for Contemporary Cutlture, has invited DIANA MACHULINA to teach children how to perceive art freely.
Diana has called her course ‘THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL TOLERANCE’.
It’s not a surprise that the Garage has chosen one of the best contemporary painter in Russia for these classes. The title of the course reveals Diana’s humour and her ability through her paintings to force us to abandon our standard reactions.
The Moscow’s National Center for Contemporary Arts has conceived a series of exhibitions that bring together in one space works by the artists whose artistic language was formed in the 1960s-70s and those by the representatives of the new generation.
The third one establishes a dialogue between Erik Bulatov (1933), known for writting Soviet quotes across landscape paintings, and Samara based Vladimir Logutov (1980), often called as the representative of “new” or “urban” formalism.
Erik Bulatov. Freedom is freedom, 1997-1998, courtesy the artist and NCCA
Using non-linear editing, Vladimir Logutov creates layered space of a frame, often experimenting with space and time, and constructing shifts in neutral city landscapes. His focus is on manipulating the viewer’s attention.
The exhibition shows new works of Vladimir Logutov, the video animations from the “Structured Space” series.
Structured Space, videoanimation, Vladimir Logutov, 2012
In this series of 10 videos created in 2012, Logutov employs such polar visual techniques as documentary photography and geometric animation. The changing shades of the image alter our perception of the colour of the landscape, creating the sensation of different times of day and night. But upon taking a closer look, it turns out that the subject is developing in real time.
The exhibition is on view from Feb 20 to March 3, 2013 at the NCCA in Moscow.
In a group show of New Russian Art supported by the Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantine Sorokin, Vladimir Logutov is unveiling a new series of videowork.
The project, called “Structured Space”, shows documentary images of the Russian landscape – a street, the banks of the Volga river, a white horse in a snowy weather – transformed by multicoloured circles, inserted signs or unsual background, altering our perception of the subject.
As in his previous videowork (“Twilight”, “The Park”, “The Episode”), with a combinaison of subtile visual experiments, Logutov transforms our perception of eventless subject, conveying a medidative feel to it.
Started in 2009, Cultural Tips for New Americans project had a continuation in New-York in 2011, with the participation of the New Museum. Alina & Jeff Bliumis engaged with the New-York Lower East Side community and gathered 104 new ‘cultural tips’ from visitors, in exchange for their booklet. They also installed illustrated “Cultural Tips” posters onto phone kiosks and placed stickers in various places locally as a point of reference and dialogue for visitors.
Today, they bring the project full circle with an exhibition called “Cultural Tips Takeway” at the Toomer Labzda Gallery, NY. The Bliumis transformed the gallery into a souvenir shop, filled with 104 objects, each one illustrating a tip. These objects are supposed to be acquired and return back to the local Lower East Side community from which they derived.
The exhibition is on from Nov 11 until Dec 16, Toomer Labzda Gallery, 100a forsyth street, new york, NY.
With this new project, following their “Language Barrier” and “Casual Conversations in Brooklyn” other projects, the Bliumis continue to surprise us by the way they explore brilliantly and with lots of humor, cultural standards, foreignness and national identity through their artwork,.
The Guangzhou Triennial is one of the biggest art events in China . Curated by Jiang Jiehong and Jonathan Watkins, the Triennial will take place across three venues, from 28 September to 16 December 2012.
This year, among the 75 international artists from 24 countries is Vladimir Logutov, “one of the most interesting artists in Russia”.
Born in 1980 in Samara (Russia) where he currently lives and works, Vladimir Logutov is Russia’s most famous contemporary video artist.
With a background in drawing and painting, he has worked with video since 2003. “At the core of Vladimir Logutov work is a simple game : transforming reality with the help of reality”, said Italian-born curator Antonio Gueusa.
His videowork combine natural footage with computer montage, conveying a meditative narration that he is taking from the painting and drawing experience, and accompanied by his own reflexion.
In the Guangzhou Triennal, Logutov will exhibit the four-channel video installation “Pause” and paintings from the series “BOOM”. In these paintings, ” I want to oppose the ‘explosive’ dynamics of abstract painting to conditional statics of the video reaching the ultimate stopping point”, says Vladimir Logutov.
Latest exhibitions of Vladimir Logutov at the Galerie Stanislas Bourgain are:
- “interpenetration of the real and the visible”, video installation, drawings, paintings, 2008
- “Fragments”, video installation, paintings, drawings, at Volta Artfair, NY, 2010
One of the most popular contemporary ukrainian artist, Masha Shubina, presents a new exhibition in Kiev, in the frame of the programme “Kyiv pop-up gallery”, initiated by Kadygrob & Taylor Art Projects, an independent platform for developing contemporary art in Ukraine.
The show entitled “Lost and Found” is composed of works from the series “Backside” and”National Terror”, exhibited in transport containers, in a Passage street of Central Kyiv.
The hyper-realistic paintings represent, as usual, the artist himself, this time wearing the colorful ukrainian scarves. Using a symbol of the traditional ukrainian woman’s wear, even if made in China, Masha Shubina brings a reflexion on national cliches and the obsessive struggle to preserve national identity.
The show is on view in Kiev, Khreschatik 15 from Sept 15 to 24, 2012
Elikuka is a Moscow-based artduet created by the 2 artists and musicians Oleg Eliseev and Evgueni Kukoverov.
You might remember the show “Bacteria mon Amour !”, a series of funny drawings playing around the theme “each of us has a kind of sickness that we can’t get rid of”, and presented at Galerie Stanislas Bourgain in Paris in december 2010.
With the same kind of irony that characterizes Russian contemporary art in general, and the 2 artists in particular, the art duo presents an absurd and unconventional exhibition, where there is no artwork to watch but all to experiment. A show that reminds the “Aeroplastic sculptures” of Yves Klein or Fischli&Weiss projects.
In the exhibition space, Elikuka suspended onto the ceiling all kinds of objects attached with strings and moved by roller blocks. Up to the visitors to keep or change the order. As in politics, whether you are a conservative or a protester, you want to keep or destroy the existing world order.
The show is on view at Regina Gallery in Moscow, from July 13th to August 31st, 2012.
The work SNOPANEMA by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich has been commissioned by Visionaire Magazine and happened to be a part of their 62 Rio issue (July 2012) amongst 12 other artists including Richard Philips, Maurizio Cattelan, Tony Oursler, Adriana Verajao, Campana Brothers, and Beatriz Milhazes.
The work as every other work in this collection put together by Visionaire, is a stereoscopic photograph. Pavlov-Andreevich took a photograph of the famous Ipanema beach and superimposed his hand ticking out of the sky and throwing the snow over the visitors.
A stereoscope allows the viewer to look at a slide made of a simultaneous double-image of the same picture, creating a 3-D illusion of depth. In the nineteenth century, stereoscopes provided a primary source of imagery and news from faraway lands, and here, Visionaire 62: Rio takes a decidedly analogue approach to achieve the same mesmerizing effect, with a series of images by artists who interpret the city of Rio de Janeiro.
See more on the Visionaire magazine website : visionaire
More about Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich: fpa