Alina & Jeff Bliumis present their new project Thank You Paintings Exchange at the Denner Gallery, New-York.
Thank You Paintings Exchange initiates a series of material, social, gestural, intellectual and monetary exchanges between artist and collector, with the commercial art gallery as site and passive participant. The fifteen paintings on view depict scenes of everyday life: a woman sitting on a deserted beach, children playing, cars parked in front of a suburban home, etc. Each painting has the text, “Thank You For Your” painted on it, completed with words such as “Email,” “Poem,” “Kiss,” “Prayers,” “Dance,” “Pants,” “Thoughts.” Sometimes a viewer might detect a relationship between the text and the subject of the painting, but there is no deliberate, direct relationship. The painting points toward the value of the painting as an artwork, while the text points toward the exchange the artists propose to initiate with the collector.
In order to acquire a painting, the collector must participate in the exchange the artists have proposed, giving the artists the object, gesture, concept, etc. for which the painting “thanks” them, in addition to making a flat $1,000 financial transaction. The interaction between artist and buyer must be in some way documented, whether that document is the object that is exchanged (“Thank You For Your Pants”) or a photograph of the exchange (“Thank You For Your Hug”), or a written text (“Thank You For Your Thoughts”). The original documentation of the exchange will immediately replace the purchased painting on the wall and a copy of it will be stapled to the back of the painting. The actions and objects requested by the artists may be creatively interpreted by the collector. For example: to exchange for the “Thank You For Your Poem” painting, the collector might give a poem they have written or their favorite poem, it might be hand-written, emailed, or on the page of a book.
In “Fear and Hope“, an exhibition at the Pinchuk Art Center in Kiev, three Ukrainian artists, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova and Artem Volokytin, present new works with older ones, revealing the presence of the recent conditions of their countries through their thinking.
The new paintings of Artem Volokytin presented in the show, represent a drastic change in the artistic practice of Volokytin, which is a direct response to the violence that became a part of daily life in Ukraine. His work focuses on the act of violence, more specifically an explosion, but also on the emptiness and the personal loss.
“Quelles sont nos ruines?” (“What are our ruines ?”), is a on-going collective and multidisciplinary project organized by Alain Hélou from Les Ateliers du Vent in Rennes, France. This project brings together a group of artists from France, Russia and Moldova around the concept of ‘ruins’, whether there are physical in the landscape or immaterial from our history. Our everyday life is always looking for new, bright and valuable things. The aim of the the current project is to look to the ruins which are also part of our world and are often left behind or ignored.
Diana Machulina (Russia) and Sergei Kalinine (Russia) took part with other artists in the workshops organized in Moscow, Chisiniau and finally in Rennes where an exhibition will show the results of their work.
The show opens on May 15th and will be opened until June 8th, 2014 in Rennes (France). More info on the projet : quellessontnosruines.org and email@example.com
“Applause”, Diana Machulina, 2009, oil on canvas, 163x400cm
Vladimir Logutov, Irina Korina and Elikuka take part with a couple of other contemporary Russian artists to the group show “On top”, an epoch reflected in the sky of Moscow, curated by Evguenia Kikodze at the Museum of Moscow.
The exhibition gather in one room the most famous contemporary artists in Russia.
With even artwork displayed on the exhibition hall ceiling of the museum of the Moscow history, the artists make us raise our head, look above, and discover a range of information that our contemporary urban way of living doesn’t give us the time to see or cuts off of our thoughts.
Must see if you are in Moscow from Feb 7 to April 1st
In the exhibition ”Russia beyond mythologies“, curated by Olga Sviblova and the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, as part of Russenko festival in Kremlin-Bicêtre, the young Russian photographer Ivan Mikhailov presents his new photographic project “Mothers and Daughters“.
With a scientific and objective approach inherited from the Dusseldorf school of photography, Ivan Mikhailov presents the women of forty families he has selected in different regions in Russia and from various social origins, using the same position and neutral light, giving a documentary and almost cataloging dimension to this artwork.
Ivan Mikhailov wants to investigate the passing of time through generations as well as the relations inside a familly, with a personal touch as, with 3 sisters, he has always been surrounded by women in his childhood.
Vladimir Logutov is one of the most radical of the young Russian artists. Artist, organiser and curator of several exhibitions such as the recent show “Nothing of the kind”, Vladimir Logutov is playing with the specificities of each art form, would it be video, sculpture or painting.
The core of his work is a game with the reality and with the viewer, to create a new reality. His practice is very involved with the environment where he is living, in Samara, on the Volga river in Russia.
Between a ready-made and an artistic object, this “golden trap” sculpture is one of his latest artwork. What doest this tell us about Russia: its vast landscape and forests, populated by bears, also symbol of the country; its specific conditions for backwardness, rooted in his geography and history that some economists call “bear traps”, despite the gold and money flowing out of the country; the heavy losses that could occur in the stock market from false signal ; or would it refer to Russia’s diplomatic trick? The gold made this trap lose its power, and more intended to be hung as a crest in a museum exhibition.