Center of a Point is Aside

Center of a Point is Aside

Spec Project of 6th Moscow Biennal of Contemporary Art  September 2015

Center of a Point is Aside, Moscow Bienalle of Contemporary Art, 2015
Center of a Point is Aside
  1. Curator Elena Shipicina, Art Director Ekaterinburg Art Gallery
    CENTRE OF A POINT IS A SIDE
    We all live in a world of entire space-time shift, in an era of displaced concepts, displaced boundaries, combined peoples and territories of substituted historical values. Optical perception of a modern man is out of focus and produces a failure, crushing reality on the set of projections in the mind of the perceiver.
    Observing the phenomena of nature, we try to identify with it with the aid of numbers and formulas, combining symbols in theories and laws, creating norms. Do we understand the world better? Is the matter surrounding us stable and valid?

    Five minimalist artists from five different countries explore the world by returning to the core categories of the world order – point, line, space, light, rhythm, surface, weight. Using various artistic methods and means, they create several conceptual sculptural objects in the exhibition space, violating the conventional optics perception of an audience.

    Tanya Preminger (Israel) forms a loose texture of the soil, revealing the essence of the earth element as a solid.
    Laurent Reynès (France) creates a “flow” of macro-dust of multiscale stones suspended over the heads of spectators.
    Lucien den Arend (Finland) constructs spatial objects, in which form and emptiness, “internal” and “external” are reversed.
    Valeriy Kazas (Russia) deprives the wall surface impermeability and weight, denying the laws of gravity and causing the illusion of free and total soaring “penetration” of objects through walls, ceiling, and floor.
    Ekaterina Sisfontes (Sweden) – creates two objects with an optical effect of a “displaced center.”

    The purpose of creative experimentation is the author’s desire to pay attention to the diversity of the modern viewers semantic and aesthetic angle of visual impressions that we receive from the world, based on conciseness and clarity of structure of natural forms.
    E. Shipicina, Curator, Art director of the Ekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art

Center of a Point is Aside, Moscow Bienalle of Contemporary Art, 2015
The Center for Creative Industries “FABRIKA”
  1. THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES (CCI) FABRIKA
    The Space at Project Fabrika was 513 m2 and 6 meters high.
    Founded in 2004, PROEKT_FABRIKA is the first independent
    not-for-profit contemporary visual art organization in Moscow.
    The project has more than 700 square meters of exhibition spaces,
    international residency and 1000 square meters of venue space destined
    to accommodate diverse cultural and social events such as dance,
    theatre and music concerts. Originally designed to present
    a program of collective exhibitions, the project is now committed to promoting cultural
    and intellectual diversity through the presentation of international contemporary art and culture.
    In 2008 our centre became a member of Trans Europe Halls
    ( European network of independent culture centers). .

Participating artists

Center of a Point is Aside, Ekaterina Sisfontes
HyperCube, Ekaterina Sisfontes

  1. Ekaterina Sisfontes(Sweden) HYPERCUBE

    Installation “Hypercube”, 2015, Material: steel pipe, welding, acrylic.

    Size 3x3x3 meter, the pool is 4×4 meter

    What we do not see, we do not realize.
    The cube model in the fourth dimension, theoretically invented by mathematicians, is a simplified form of our thinking. Of course, the self-rotating cube in constant motion possible in all its manifestations simultaneously in the real world is much more complicated.
    Parallel lines are not necessarily parallel to themselves.
    Without limiting the world by static positions, I am eager to show its infinite possibilities.
    Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, defocus your eyes, keeping them away from the world, relax and imagine how it invariably changes its foundations.

Center of a Point is Aside, Ekaterina Sisfontes
Center of a Point is Aside, Ekaterina Sisfontes

  1. Ekaterina Sisfontes(Sweden) PARALLELS

    Installation PARALLELLS. Material: steel pipe, welding, acrylic.

    Size 3x3x1,5 meter
    What we do not see, we do not realize.
    The cube model in the fourth dimension, theoretically invented by mathematicians, is a simplified form of our thinking. Of course, the self-rotating cube in constant motion possible in all its manifestations simultaneously in the real world is much more complicated.
    Parallel lines are not necessarily parallel to themselves.
    Without limiting the world by static positions, I am eager to show its infinite possibilities.
    Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, defocus your eyes, keeping them away from the world, relax and imagine how it invariably changes its foundations.

Center of a Point is Aside, Tanya Preminger
Center of a Point is Aside, Tanya Preminger

  1. Tanya Preminger (Israel)

    Born in the Soviet Union in 1944 in Taganrog, Tatyana Preminger received her education in the sculpture department of the prestigious Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, Russia.
    Since 1972 she is living in Israel.
    Working mostly in the Land art genre, environmental sculpture, photography, and installations, Tatyana Preminger is a regular participant of the international sculpture festivals, competitions, and workshops around the world. Asia, Europe, from Japan to Brazil and Mexico, from Taiwan and South Korea to Kronstadt and Estonia, from China to France and from India to Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Latvia, Moscow to South Ossetia; Tatyana Preminger is a world-famous master of environmental art installations.

    Installation HARAKIRI, 2015 Material: Earth.

    Tatyana Preminger’s creative process deals with distortion of the conventional structures, her works – confirming the connection with the sculptor world order, using objects of stone and earthen textures to talk about the philosophical concept of matter and its border states.
    Installation “Harakiri” is created from soil – a metaphor for the state of the Earth’s boundary between life and death. The author compares the soil of Planet with a body of humiliated and tormented living beings, ready to commit purifying suicide, liberating the spirit from the captivity of the defiled body. Tanya Preminger is familiar with the pantheistic worldview, according to which the Earth – a living growing organism with its consciousness.
    Sculptures made of stone “The main meal” and “Soup” are completing the semantic field of her project, sneering at the arrogance of human rationality and claiming the existence of interdependence of the world and man.

Center of a Point is Aside, Valeriy Kazas
Center of a Point is Aside, Valeriy Kazas

  1. Valeriy Kazas (Russia)
    Valeriy Kazas was born 1964 in Krasnodar, Russia, where he received his higher technical education.
    He has been working in the field of sculpture for more than 25 years, actively exhibiting since 1996. In 2013 he realized his first large-scale project related to large landscape sculpture – “Perm CORAL REEF.”
    A regular participant of art residence in Kotor, organized by Marat Guelman in Montenegro. Lives and works in Krasnodar.

    Installation RED ON THE WALL, 2015, Material: metal, wood, acrylic.

    Trivial situation – a large blank white space with a small event, a red spot, randomly located on it. There is nothing unusual or new. A simple statement of fact – operating point is affecting an arbitrarily vast unfilled situation. It’s like a dead (preferably full) mosquito on a sterile wall – regardless of the size of the wall ceases to be sterile. Moreover – it is enough just once to see this spot, and it captures all of your attention, always reminding you about itself. Roughly the same thing with a sculpture in the urban environment – even if it is not visible, it is always there. In this case, the conversation is not about the actual matter of a subject it is about its interaction with a vast and vacant space. As for the red spots – they are static, arbitrarily made pieces of elementary structures, carried out without any compositional and other balances been placed on the walls outside of any representation. Spontaneity and nothing more. Besides, neither form nor location matters. What is important is only the scale, for it is space that is the value of the rhythm.

Center of a Point is Aside, Laurent Reynes
Center of a Point is Aside, Laurent Reynes

  1. Laurent Reynès (France)

    Born 1961 in Montpellier.Sculpture. Doctor of Fine Arts, DPLG Architect, Professor of the Strasbourg School of Architecture since 1994

    Installation AERIALS, 2015, Material: stone, metal, nylon thread.

    We are all on the same stone hanging in space, and there are billions, we don’t know why. Depending on its environment and its context, the same object could be by turns heavy or light. The stones travel through space and time. Erosion is one of their ways of shifting; it modifies their physical features and pushes them further on, toward the sea and the dust. Their forms indicate how they have been taken. Their forms are telling us that we are on a similar but larger stone which is turning into the space of the universe. In all of us flow several rivers. Maybe everyone is a network of rivers. Our rivers of ideas and desires will flow incessantly and run endlessly toward one another. The fluids existing between stones are links, mediums, cement which finally shape it all, a compact mass that connects itself to the movement and erosion made by time and life. Taken from the mantle, the stone is rolling slowly as the fluid of life is rolling itself. The stones are a reminder of the perfection of which our form of life is made. The form and the history of a stone contain our planet and even more.

Center of a Point is Aside, Lucien den Arend
Center of a Point is Aside, Lucien den Arend
  1. Lucien Armand Marco den Arend (Finland)
    He was born in 1943 in Dordrecht, Netherlands – Dutch-Finnish artist, known for his work in the field of geometrical abstract sculpture and land art.
    From 1953 to the 60s he lived in the United States, studying art at the California State University. Then, after returning to the Netherlands, he continued his studies at Tilburg and Rotterdam art academies; teaching in Amsterdam and The Hague. In the early seventies, he met with Henry Moore. From 1984 to 1986 he was chairman of the Association of Dutch sculptors; he organized several international exhibitions and a sculpture symposium.
    He currently lives and works in Finland, where he runs an open space and a permanent exhibition of his sculptures, POAM (Penttilä Open Air Museum, «Open Air Museum in Penttilä”).

    Sculptural objects POLAR CONSTRUCTION, 8 objects, 2015, Material: wood

    The basis of my work is manifesting the way a sculpture has been devised – this is contrary to reaching a final form at all costs. In my work, form follows the most economical way a concept can be realized; you could say form follows construction. A direct and elemental form results from the techniques and tools being used (see also “the means is the message,” which I wrote for the exhibition “Konkret Acht” in Nürnberg, Germany in 1988). This still holds true to today.
    In “Moscow perpendicular division” I divide a cylindrical mass – (here the name for this wood in Russian) in a direct and geometrical way, resulting in repeated multiple identical forms which together compose the primary segments of the tree.