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.
The Solyanka State Gallery in Moscow presents “Artist’s Zoo”, as part of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
The Solyanka gallery is the unique institution to present for the second time a panorama of Russian artists evolving in the genre of the performance. The project consists of seven Russian artists performing each in their own cage for 7 days (the actual performance’s documentation will then remain on view). The Zoo is dedicated to the outstanding Taiwaneseperformance artist Tehching Hsieh, whose first work in New York in the early 1980s saw him sitting behind bars for a year and doing nothing for 365 days.
Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich is showing a new work at The Zoo, entitled “My Face Is On Vacation”, as a continuation of “My Mouth is a Temple”, part of ”Marina Abramovic presents” at the Manchester International Festival in 2009.
A new artwork by Diana Machulina is presented in the exhibition “Modern art museum: the department of work and employment” at the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
The aim of the exhibition is to trace the history of labour in Soviet and post-Soviet art, from the 1960s to now, and show how representations of labour, and the ways in which it is depicted, have changed as new artistic practices have evolved.
As a participating artist, Diana Machulina presents a mixed-media installation inspired by the Russian poet, Nikolai Nekrassov (1821-1878), and his poem “Who is happy in Russia?” about seven russian peasants who set out to ask various elements of the rural population if they are happy, to which the answer is never satisfactory
In two collateral events of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Vladimir Logutov has curated two exhibitions to present his perception of the great potential of the younger generations of Russian artists. Using different sources of media, painting, sculpture, photography or video, all these artists are united by their use of a conceptual language and by the different ways they use to express the deception of spectator’s expectations and the system of perception of a work itself.
The two projects are:
- Nothing of the kind, at Moscow Museum, with the support of the Foundation Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantine Sorokin.
- “2″, at Start, Winzavod, Moscow, paintings by Kirill Makarov
Vladimir Logutov is also invited-curator at Start Project, Winzavod.
During the Moscow Biennale, artwork of Vladimir Logutov can be seen in the parallel project “Heavy Metal“, also at Winzavod.
Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich presents “Laughterlife” at Casa Modernista, in Sao Paulo, a site-specific installation and a performance based on the story of Gregory Warschavchik. This Russian Jewish architect, born in Odessa in 1896, escaped death from Russian Empire pogroms, famine or Stalin’s reign of terror as he left very young to complete his studies in Rome and then arrived in Sao Paulo - to create Brazil’s first modernist house – and to remain there until the end of his days.
While the Russian Pavilion at the 55th International Venice Biennal is dedicated to the conceptualist artist Vadim Zakharov who revisits the ancient Greek myth of Danae, the exhibition “Lost in Translation”, curated by Antonio Geusa and organized by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents more than 100 artwork in various media by established and emerging Russian artists. The exhibition explores how the “Russian context” explains the resistance and difficult translatability of Russian art.
Vladimir Logutov’s videowork “Pause” and “Structured Space” are among the artwork exhibited.
On view at Ca Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246, Venice, until Sept 15th.
One of the best representatives of the young Ukrainian artscene, Masha Shubina, winner of the Pinchuk Art Center Special Prize,presents a new series of artwork, focused as usual on the artist’s personality, at the Pechersky Gallery in Moscow from May 16th to June 16th, 2013.
“Lost and Found” project, oil on tracing paper, 2013, courtesy the artist and Pechersky Gallery
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.