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Sculpshoolrukav
1 october 2011 — 30 october 2011

Opening day: 30.09.2011

Curator: Alexey Korsi

Initiator: Alexander Rukavishnikov

Artists:

  • Eugene Teterin
  • Dmitriy Gubanov
  • Alexey Korsi
  • Michael Korsi
  • Cyril Chizhov
  • Basil Vershin
  • Anatoly Chelyshev
  • Grant Garibyan
  • Alexander Rukavishnikov
  • Philip Rukavishnikov
  • Irina Mozhar
  • Maxim Kharlov
  • Artem Rodionov
  • Rovshan Rzayev
  • Anna Khodorkovskaya
  • Alexey Mandych
  • Michael Levin
  • Igor Baranchuk
  • Roman Ess
  • Vlad Hromenko
  • Peter Kozlov
  • Dmitry Tugarinov
  • Alexander Panov

Artists are focused on the death, considering its pragmatic side - coffins and crypts, forms generation, systems of perception and understanding.

One interesting line is the link between coffin form and a form of a dead man.In most cases, coffin form is minimized and optimized – it is a kind of metasculpture, its ultimate image has something in common with works of minimalists like Donald Judd and Robert Morris. Most likely, the object is subordinate to the body of the deceased, but there are exceptions, for example - the coffins of some African tribes that simulate objects to which the buried person was attracted during his life  - vegetables and other food, along with cars and cell phones. Here it is appropriate to recall the cross-coffin of Malevich, which was the symbolic completion of his life project as an artist. Lenin's mausoleum also comes to mind - there the coffin acts as an instrument of ideological propaganda, as a symbol and a place of almost religious pilgrimage. For more than a half of a century crystal coffin "has worked" for the system, and  has continued to bear its function, despite of the collapse of the ideology that created it.

In this project, the artists are exploring the meaning and context of these objects today, and the whole subject in general.



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