Exhibition "Reflected Light". Ceramics. Media Art
26.07 - 27.08.2017
The North-Western Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts - ROSIZO
Museum of St. Petersburg Art of the 20th – 21st Centuries
Ceramics. Media Art
July 26 – August 27, 2017
Reflected Light project, bringing together works by renowned ceramic artists and media artists of St. Petersburg, opens July 25, 7 pm at the Museum of St. Petersburg Art of the 20th – 21st Centuries.
The exhibition is based on a provocative curators’ idea to bring together two radically different art media in unique spatial installations: traditional ceramics (by Sergei Sukharev, Sergei Sorinsky, Dmitry Ilyinsky, Sergei Rusakov, Lyedmila Nazina) and contemporary media art techniques (Alexander Antipin, Masha Sha, N. Veryovkina).
Videolight striking the surface of ceramics, turns into a pulsating electric heart, introducing the audience to the magic of the mundane. Media artists intuitively feel each exhibit installed in the museum space, and use light to reveal new meanings and create new images of elusive chromatic scores.
The works by ceramic artists presented at the exhibition are truly versatile, since clay offers unlimited sculptural solutions, and potter’s wheel allows to create different forms with unique structures, textures and color.
In his Cocoon installation Sergei Sorinsky recreates a natural form, setting up volumes similar to butterfly kells that look as if they are made of silk threads. The installation is immersed into the work by meadia artist Alexender Antipin titled Garden by Default. The entwinement brings forth new metaphoric precision, creates images that move us emotionally and form a unique world making us believe in the miracle of something new being born.
Light plays important role in the exhibition defining rhythms for the whole display. Letters - an installation by Nazina and Rusakov consists of laconic porcelain envelopes placed in linear pattern. A ray of light is capable of telling us about the messages the envelopes contain. Porcelain and video depend on each other, and we take this service the light provides for granted: as soon as the light starts to move, it is no longer invisible.
Hundred Drops of Tea – installation by Nazina and Rusakov consists of a hundred perfectly shaped little bowls: light turns them into a bed of a fast-flowing river. Shifts in space and time, transfer of meanings and notions, combinations of sounds enhance emotional expression of the artistic statement, now turning porcelain into pebbles bathing in streaming water, now making it look like drops of dripping rain.
The project features open ceramics classes and lectures on media art.
Curator: Olga Tomson.
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