Modern Art Exhibition “Labour and Consumption”
Late last year right after the store opening, the life of Tsvetnoy Central Market as the most unusual art ground in the city has begun. The forth floor temporary exhibition of modern art curated by Elena Bakanova and Evgeny Mitta united seven objects of different artists on the theme of “and Consumption.”
The mission statement of Electrobutiqueof Alexy Shulgin and Aristarkh Chernyshev, the most bright representatives of Russian media-art, became the reflection of the market and consumption theme. The most typical work of the authors of the exhibition is the object “Poetic economy” – a travelling line converting the first lines of Pushkin poem “A Magic Moment I Remember” ,into exchange indices. Famous Russian artist Irina Korinaworks in the same genre.She attempts to describe Russian realities through creating paradoxic absurd objects for unknown purpose from cheap structural and finishing materials related to the post-Soviet environment. The Russian metaphor of 90-s – a chaotic construction of various objects from market to aesthetics devoid of traditions and sensible action. The exposition saw the work “:)” a giant paper weight resembling a cottage for dwarves which may be used as a cable extender. A brilliant Kiev artist Zhanna Kadyrova in sculpture, oil painting installation. Her art works also should be interpreted via material and form being in paradox conflict. Taking ceramic tiles and cement, she creates monuments to ordinary household things by using out of context and purpose materials. The work “Pack” is a monument to the garbage pack, a monument to utilization and waste produced by people. The name of the Recycle group,group of talented new wave artists offers the general line of their activity towards the global problem of object and cultural overproduction and ecology in the sense of the artist’s work in the topical cultural context. Their double sculpture named “Slave” thermal-formed out of the construction plastic grid, is a hollow and transparent replica of the Michelangelo chef-d-oeuvre. Yang artist Ivan Brazhkinworks in different media from video to graphics. His exhibited series of graphic works is a game structural study, improvisation on the children’s song “What are girls made of…”. These are six portraits – from collective images of Bourgeois And Worker to the named but symbolic pop-culture heroes of Keanu Reeves, Justin Timberlake, Vin Diesel, Twiggy and others. Again, there appears a theme of overspreading brands or signs shaping the image of media reality. Young artist Olga Treivas,having a degree in architecture, applies her professional knowledge in the sphere of actual art. Her mini-architectural Chapel found its place in the space. The author describes her work as a fast-mounted chapel from available non-structural materials (3-liter glass jar) used as a structural module while, actually, it is a tare for storage or being filled with anything – this is the absurd metaphor of our reality. Sasha Frolovais a young artist focusing on performance design, objects, sculpture and photography. The author’s object named “Lyubolet” was a big inflated latex sculpture reflecting the overworked samples of pop-culture and naïve game futurism. It unites a charm of Avatar, an encasement created based on the pop-culture laws of attractiveness and a vehicle able to move the spectator to the undiscovered worlds. It is noteworthy that the objects of the installation “Labour and Consumption”, the metaphors of humanism crisis and modern society attracted close attention of visitors of Tsvetnoy Central Market attending the exhibition during several months.