EXHIBITION OF ACTUAL ART “SERIAL DEPENDENCE. WITH A STAND THROUGH LIFE”
On November 11-13, the ARTIS PROJECT presented its new project at the Red October Chocolate Factory: “Serial Dependence. With a stand through life”. Seven artists who took part in the exhibition, curated by Diana Machulina, presented a total of about 100 works and offered their guests their views on the dependencies of modern man and the eternal interdependent relationship of reality and illusion. A special theme of the exhibition was the world of mass media, film and television, that actively, and sometimes unceremoniously invading our daily.
Presented at the exhibition are fragments of the following pictorial and graphic series: “Lannists always pay debts” by Sergey Kalinin, “Once again about the cinema” by Arkady Nasonov, “Like in the movies” by Irina Korina, as well as portraits of Ignat Kravtsov, collages by Anna Rotaenko, picturesque allusions of Alexander Zhernoklyuev and Dmitry Bulnygin’s video installation appealed to the general theme in different ways, presenting the mysterious world of symbolic details from popular TV series, or surrealistic fantasies inspired by filmmakers, or a rainbow of non-existent film titles Mov and new psychological interpretation of images of media people.
“As usual, when we receive guests, we want them not only to learn something new, but also to rest in the original space among interesting impressions. And so that the time spent visiting ARTIS gives you the impulse to try to penetrate the secrets of modern art and reflect on new meanings of familiar things”: said Anastasia Potanina, opening the evening. By tradition, original and expressive showcases, prepared especially for the ARTIS PROJECT, helped viewers to decipher the mysterious codes of modern art. Among them were “Dance of Illusions” from finalists of the World Championship in Argentine Tango Dmitry Kuznetsov and Olga Nikolaeva, musical variations on soundtracks from TV series from Konstantin Ilitsky (violin) and Alexander Tevelev (keys), DJ program from Tony Star. Phantoms that broke out of the television screen materialized right in the exhibition hall: Sherlock strumming a violin, shredding Moriarty's apples, and Mrs. Hudson slamming at the tea table.
The main event of the evening's educational program was the lecture of the artist and art historian Dmitry Gutov “Abstractionism and Minimalism”, during which guests of the ARTIS PROJECT had an opportunity to get acquainted with the historical origins of two powerful currents of modern art and the most famous of the authors representing them: Jaсkson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Frank Stella and others. Sergey Kalinin and young jazzman Ignat Kravts became the leaders of the Internet voting traditionally held during each ARTIS exhibition also professionally engaged in painting.
“The ARTIS PROJECT has many interesting plans for the future and we will be happy to see you again and again at our events and make unusual paradoxical journeys to the world of contemporary art together with you,” said the project's general director Natalya Elshanskaya. Also, as part of an interactive art-weekend held on November 11-13, ARTIS introduced the special children's program for the entrance day for the first time: two workshops on the collage “I am a multi-hero” and “Irreplaceable non-existent subject” that took place on Saturday and Sunday. In the meantime, children learned the laws of art in practice, adults could listen to a lecture by Dmitry Gutov, which, according to numerous requests, was repeated during the Sunday program.