INTERACTIVE ART-WEEKEND “DREAMS ABOUT SOMETHING GREATER”
“The idea is like a virus, it is tenacious and extremely contagious. And if you can steal an idea from a person’s head, then you can put it there? But in order to naturally develop in the brain, it must be very simple. In this case, the grain that we put in the subconscious can take root and, upon awakening, grow into an idea that engulfs the brain...”
On January 27-29, in the Center of Contemporary Art “Winzavod”, in the “White Workshop” hall, the first interactive art-weekend of this year named “Dreams about something more” by ARTIS PROJECT was held. For three days, more than 1,200 people attended the event.
The project was attended by seven artists, for each of which the vast universe of dreams became an inexhaustible storehouse of reflections, images and creative impulses, in the depths of which they find themes and subjects for new research and artistic experiments. The exhibition was curated by art critic Alexander Evangeli, and co-curated by the leading art historian of the ARTIS PROJECT, Anna Smirnova.
In the art-weekend exhibition hall, surrealistic canvases by Eugeny Chef, original works by Damir Muratov, bright abstractions by Alexey Lantsev, laconic works by Anastasia Omelchenko, ironic things by Christina Yatkovskaya, impressionistic dreams of Yulia Volkonskaya and unique in the art of Vladimir Potapov’s paintings, coexisted. Thus, almost every visitor had the opportunity to find an author close to him and to think about questions that had not ceased to excite the imagination and minds for centuries, and, nevertheless, still remain unanswered together. Do dream and reality live in inseparable connection or in eternal struggle? And in which of these worlds does a person draw the forces that guide the course of his life? Which of these two incarnations is a mirror, and which is a reflection in it? Can we rule the world of our own dreams? And where will this power lead us if it falls into our hands?
Two works by Vladimir Potapov and four paintings by Christina Yatkovskaya were prepared especially for the exhibition of the ARTIS PROJECT and for the first time appeared before the audience. One of the works of this young artist, together with the painting of Zhenya Shef, became the winner of the Internet voting, which took place on the day of the opening of the art-weekend. Just as the curator of the exhibition is art critic Alexander Evangeli and artist Anna Rotayenko, who became the designer of the exhibition catalog, Kristina Yatkovskaya is not the first time collaborating with the ARTIS PROJECT. According to the organizers, one of its main goals is to create a kind of like-minded club around the ARTIS PROJECT, whose members will be those who are interested in contemporary art in their various forms: as a field of creativity, sphere of knowledge, a form of leisure or an object for investment.
The traditional art-weekends held by the ARTIS PROJECT have already become an original design, as well as interesting showcases, during which viewers get impressions that can help them to equally know, understand and feel contemporary art.
This time at the lecture “When dreams become a reality. From Posthistorism to Neomyphology”, read by Zhenya Chef, the master, using his own works as an example, introduced the audience to the process of forming a creative method and those surprising, prophetic dreams similar to prophecy, which are sometimes visited by artists.
Associations “on a given theme” exhibition space also complemented the musical arrangement, in which the enchanting sounds of the harp alternated with an alarming rhythm of drums and flutes, the flickering “Dream Catcher” from Indian legends, the wings of fabulous birds. Photographing next to them anyone could “fly” into exorbitant heights of fantasy, and the mysterious hall of “lucid dreams”, inviting everyone to dive into the colorful depths of the subconscious to the sound of soundtracks from the movie “The Beginning”.