Yearning for the Sky

Yearning for the Sky

A project of the Parallel Program of 7th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.  September 2018

Curators: Ekaterina Sisfontes, Andrey Prigov. Producer: Zinaida Saplina

Yearning for the Sky Moscow Bienalle of Contemporary Art, 2017
  1. DESCRIPTION

    The project YARNING FOR THE SKY
    was held as part of a parallel program
    7th International Moscow Biennale
    of Contemporary Art
    between 12th to 24th October 2017
    in the Small Exhibition Hall ARTPLAY,
    Moscow, Russian Federation
    The project involved artists from 8 countries

    Yearning for the Sky

    Throughout humankind’s whole history, the Sky has been the antithesis of the earth that brought into being by murky chronic forces. From olden times, the Sky has been the place of residence of ideal beings not subject to merciless biological, natural and social laws. Virtually all denizens of the terrestrial world have striven to join the ranks of those sublime creatures, if not during their lifetime but at least after their death.

    At different moments in history, the Sky was in the lead of many peoples and whole nations feeding humankind is many dreams, aspirations, fantasies as well as delirious hope. The Sky has also been the abode of ideal and internal love. The Sky has equally engendered attempts to find heavenly elements in the life on the terrestrial firmament and endeavors, to create an earthly paradise in the form of utopias.

    For the last 300 years, people have been trying to reach the Sky by various mechanical means – air balloons, dirigibles, airplanes, and rockets. Despite all these efforts, it has not revealed its true depth. The Sky’s unattainable and mysterious core, which embosoms people’s aspirations and dreams, remains a mystery. No matter how fast and high we fly the Sky steadily recedes back into the endless depths of the Universe. Although lying right at our feet it continuously expands itself up and out, immersing itself into the violent pulp of the stratosphere and then into the vasty deep of space where it eventually assumes the form of skies above faraway worlds.

    Perhaps, the unattainability of the Sky is the source of our unquenchable striving to reach it and our endless yearning for it.

    The participants of the Yearning for the Sky project used their artwork to explore the great diversity of humankind’s relationship with the Sky across the époques, geographic zones, cultures, and worldviews as well as the flows of emotions, feelings, sensations, and fantasies, the multitude of philosophies, scientific paradigms and technological solutions and have found their source in the blue expanse above our heads.

    CURATORS: Ekaterina Sisfontes, Andrey Prigov

Yearning for the Sky Moscow Bienalle of Contemporary Art, 2017
  1. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Dmitry & Yelena Kawarga
    Marina Zviaginceva
    Maria Arendt
    Natalya Arendt
    Andrey Prigov
    D’ARIA
    Wojciech Tomasz Pindur
    Akihito Okunaka
    Toshihiro Sakai
    Vitaly Pushnitsky
    Maria Koshenkova
    DUO Contradiction
    Tatiana Antoshina
    Vladimir Seleznyov
    Vasiliy Slonov
    Kim Changkyum
    Natalia Struchkova
    Tatiana Stadnichenko
    David Heikkinen
    Aleksander Morozov
    Sergey Katran
    Dmitry Bulnygin

Objects

RESEDENTIAL SCULPPTURE FOR BIRDS 3
RESEDENTIAL SCULPPTURE FOR BIRDS 3

  1. Dmitry & Yelena Kawarga

    RESIDENTIAL SCULPTURE FOR BIRDS 3
    Plastic, metal
    2017

    What if you create a kind of ark – urban sculptures, inhabited by homeless animals …

    These can become strange biomorphic formations, fortified on the roofs of buildings or in parks and squares, depending on the physiology of their possible inhabitants.

    The social man created for himself a rational geometric world, but in the twenty-first century, it is quite appropriate to give up an excessive despotism, creating not square dovecotes and not rectangular canine booths.

    On the one hand, such objects of art will bring a therapeutic visual alternative, diluting the urban landscapes with natural forms. And at the same time, they become the centers of cultural leisure of citizens, initiate a rare opportunity to communicate with living nonhuman beings …

    It is quite appropriate to ask whether homeless animals will want to settle in the objects. In case they do not want, people will expect and strongly encourage their appearance.

    In this expectation and the process of constant observation by townspeople over the life of form-building, their role is precise. The sense in creating a situation that is conducive to switching attention to natural irrationality, randomness, non-functional excesses, etc.

    Artist’s Website: http://kawarga.ru/

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE Marina Zviaginceva
ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE

  1. Marina Zviaginceva

    ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
    Monotype, lightweight concrete, metal
    2010

    What if you create a kind of ark – urban sculptures, inhabited by homeless animals …

    These can become strange biomorphic
    formations, fortified on the roofs of buildings or in parks and squares, depending on the physiology of their possible inhabitants.

    The social man created for himself a rational geometric world, but in the twenty-first century, it is quite appropriate to give up an excessive despotism, creating not square dovecotes and not rectangular canine booths.

    On the one hand, such objects of art will bring a therapeutic visual alternative, diluting the urban landscapes with natural forms. And at the same time, they become the centers of cultural leisure of citizens, initiate a rare opportunity to communicate with living nonhuman beings …

    It is quite appropriate to ask whether homeless animals will want to settle in the objects. In case they do not want, people will expect and strongly encourage their appearance.

    In this expectation and the process of constant observation by townspeople over the life of form-building, their role is precise.

    The sense in creating a situation that is conducive to switching attention to natural irrationality, randomness, non-functional excesses, etc.

    Artist’s Website: http://www.artmarin.ru/

UPDRAFTS Maria and Natalia Arendt
UPDRAFTS

  1. Marina & Natalia Arendt

    UPDRAFTS
    Embroidery, linen
    2013

    Nicholas A. Arendt – great-grandfather of the Duo, was a medical doctor and a pioneer of aviation. He first came to think about the
    possibility of flight of the aircraft, which is heavier than air, in 1860.

    In this time only used the balloons – balloons inflated with hot air and a blimp.

    It happened when he was lying on the ground and watched the eagles, which
    floated freely in the air without a single flap of the wings. Arendt came to the conclusion that they catch the oncoming airflow. He was studying flight, wanting to benefit
    humanity.

    Arendt without end experimented – tried to get fly the frozen bird, doing calculations and drawing.

    He made “flight detachment” and ran them with a large number of admirers in his estate Megapholi under a rock Starika, where was the upward flow of air.

    Several “flight detachment” was given to the Museum of Planetary in Koktebel, but unfortunately, in the Museum, they suffered destruction. We can only guess how they could look.

    The object presented at the exhibition – a fantasy on a theme of Laterenta – mysterious construction, the product of so much effort by the great, but an underrated ancestor of Mary and Natalia Arendt

    Artist’s Website: Maria Arendt

THE SKY QUEST Andrey Prigov
THE SKY QUEST

  1. Andrey Prigov

    THE SKY QUEST
    Toys, assembled models, plastic cups,
    polyethylene film, LED lights
    2017

    In the understanding of the artist, the sky is the highest realm exceptionally in respect to the earth and its inhabitants.

    At the same time, water space, its oceans, which cover the biggest part of our planet, we often perceived as a world of darkness and chaos, where a human can step only with big risk for his life. The ocean and its inhabitants, from a human point of view, are doomed to eternal existence in the lower part of the universe, which is infinitely distant from the sky heights.

    We are living in our permanent relationship with the sky through our dreams, faith, scientific and technical efforts, we never think about what can link the ocean and the sky, the inhabitants of the ocean and sky-high space.

    Have we ever asked ourselves the question – do the inhabitants of the ocean to sheer infinity of the celestial spheres?

    If they dreaming of conquering outer space? Creatures, which living in the oceans doesn’t have a physical, intellectual and
    technical skills, which necessary needed them to achieve their dreams.

    But we can already imagine what opportunities they will provide in the nearest future…

BEFORE THE SKY
BEFORE THE SKY

  1. D’Aria

    BEFORE THE SKY
    Plastic, LED, Hydrop
    2017

    In the understanding of the artist, the sky is the highest realm exceptionally in respect to the earth and its inhabitants.

    At the same time, water space, its oceans, which cover the biggest part of our planet, we often perceived as a world of darkness and chaos, where a human can step only with big risk for his life. The ocean and its inhabitants, from a human point of view, are doomed to eternal existence in the lower part of the universe, which is infinitely distant from the sky heights.

    We are living in our permanent relationship with the sky through our dreams, faith,
    scientific and technical efforts, we never think about what can link the ocean and the sky, the inhabitants of the ocean and sky-high space.

    Have we ever asked ourselves the question – do the inhabitants of the ocean to sheer infinity of the celestial spheres?

    If they dreaming of conquering outer space? Creatures, which living in the oceans doesn’t have a physical, intellectual and
    technical skills, which necessary needed them to achieve their dreams.

    But we can already imagine what opportunities they will provide in the nearest future…

WOJCIECH TOMAZ PINDUR
STAIRS FROM HEAVEN

  1. Wojciech Tomaz Pindur

    STAIRS FROM HEAVEN
    Wood, plastic, papier-maché
    2017

    The piece is related to the symbolic stairway which should lead as to Haven.

    Sky for me is a symbol of freedom, a dream of a fantasy pushing the imagination to its limits.

    But nowadays there are places on earth where People who look up to the sky do not see a dream or freedom just bombs.
    The sky is not a place for bombs. Work is a manifesto against the production of weapons, killing, terrorism. It is against the WAR, restriction of dreams and freedom. Let the SKY be at peace.

    NO MORE WAR!
    Wojciech Tomaz Pindur

    This object opened the main part of the project and was built specifically for this hall. The total height of the object is about 6 meters.

AKIHITO OKUNAKA TOSHIHIRO SAKAI
INTER-WORLD-EIGH

  1. Akihito Okunaka  & Toshihiro Sakai

    INTER-WORLD-EIGH
    Fan, Plastic, Sound, Video Projection
    2017

    This is a collaborated artwork completed by two Japanese artists.

    Akihito completes his artworks to express the dynamism connecting various existences or phenomena in this world. he would like to show people interactions among people, things, and events through the sensorial experience of his works.
    Toshihiro focuses on a simple beauty in our life or the world. He
    would like to be his artwork as a small key let people touch of the beauty.
    Now, their two artists thought about the yearning for the sky.
    First, people face an image rushing a lot of number eight from left to right, like “88888”. This image is inspired by streaming video on the internet.
    Many young people watch it and comment on the screen, then they write down “88888” instead of hand clapping (A meaning of it is a sound of hand clapping “Pachi Pachi” and a pronunciation of Japanese eight “Pachi” is a very similar sound for Japanese people.) Toshihiro interested in it, and he mixed video up its idea and Japanese ancient myths “YAKUMO” means a cloud of eight brings you good fortune.
    As old stories say, clouds overlap many times to be Yakumo, and they call good fortune for you.
    Our new media on the internet makes many “888888”, and it will bless the world. I hope.
    A curator of this exhibition: Ekaterina taught us that eight represents eternity.
    Luck and blessing last forever and glittering among a transparent cloud.

VITALY PUSHNITSKY
THE STRUCKTURE OF ROTATION

  1. Vitaly Pushnitsky

    THE STRUCTURE OF
    ROTATION
    Wood, 2017
    Sculpture from the collection of Denis Chemilyaine

    Appeal to the sculpture may seem somewhat unexpected for Pushnitsky’s work. But a
    conscious work, directly exploring the nature of three-dimensional objects, was started in the series “Dynamic Structures”.

    These objects were extremely simple and stacked in structures like cubes from a
    children’s designer. Moreover, for their
    creation, not artistic but ordinary building
    materials were used: foam concrete,
    gypsum board, foam-propylene, chipboard, and technical marble, which was deposited on the bars.

    At first glance, it seemed that these
    natural-philosophical works do not have a direct connection and dialogue with the
    history of art, but then it became clear that this whole operation was carried out only in order to re-establish harmony with the person in its center from the basic elements.

    It is this experience with absolute
    the transparency that revealed behind the entire visible figurative superstructure and dramatic plots of Pushnitsky’s painting is actually
    hidden the inner work of analyzing and searching for immaculate geometric, spatial systems behind which, as it turns out, the
    secret “skeleton” of emotion, strong
    experience and, in the final analysis, the graphic three-dimensional accuracy of the work of art.

    Dmitry Pilikin

    Artist’s Website: http://pushnitsky.ru

DIVINE PARCEL
DIVINE PARCEL

  1. Maria Koshenkova

    DIVINE PARCEL
    EU pallet, mirror, glass cube, Silver amalgam, Poletelen
    2017

    Artist’s Website: http://mariakoshenkova.com/

OUR WINDOW
OUR WINDOW

  1. DUO Contradiction

    OUR WINDOW
    Video installation, plywood, personal experiences.
    2017

    DUO Contradiction is an indefinite group of an indefinite number of people with ambiguous goals and uncertain ways of reaching an indefinite audience.

    Elena (KOLENKA) Rammi & Ekaterina Sisfontes

    Recreating a piece of kitchen comfort, the artists seem to say:

    “We invite you to visit our house.
    Sit down on the seat more comfortably.
    Lean on the sill.
    Believe me, there’s nowhere to hurry.
    Today is a day off.
    The day when you can look down on the city through the wide-open window shutters.

    We are sure, even if our view from the window is not familiar to you, acknowledge, that at times you may also see in the sky something as impossible as we always do.”

    Elena Rammy’s Website: http://lenarammi.com/

GAGARIN-SUPERMAN
GAGARIN-SUPERMAN

  1. Tatiana Antoshina

    GAGARIN-SUPERMAN
    Wood, plywood, acrylic
    2017

    The project consists of paintings and a series of monumental sculptures. It is a fantastic story about how, after returning from space, Gagarin acquires the ability to fly without the aid of an aircraft.

    First, in the world, the Soviet astronaut becomes Superman and helps people who are in a desperate situation. He saves polar explorers on the drifting ice floe, takes the girl Nina – Caucasian captive from the house on the rock, ignites the Kremlin star, etc. His loyal assistants – the flying dogs Belka and Strelka…
    Overcoming space and time, the body of Gagarin has transformed in suprermatic forms.
    Jury Gagarin – is a hero of the world. His feat belongs to all humanity. A fantastic story without depriving Gagarin’s fame brings him closer to the people.

DUMPLING IN THE CLOUDS
DUMPLING IN THE CLOUDS

  1. Tatiana Antoshina

    DUMPLING IN THE CLOUDS
    Styrofoam, acrylic, silicone
    2017

    Installation – DUMPLING IN THE CLOUDS – this is the image of a dreamy dumpling. We are all artists, dreamers, and romantics. At least those who gathered at this heavenly exhibition. And I’m no exception.
    The dumpling also felt like a sublime being, and lives in dreams, hovers in higher spheres, hovers in the clouds. At the same time, Dumpling does not notice that for people he is just a dumpling – some cause appetite, and soon will be eaten.
    The title of the work sounds like a dish from the menu – like “herring under a fur coat” or “mushrooms in sour cream”.

THE FALL OF ZELONG
THE FALL OF ZELONG

  1. Vladimir Seleznyov

    THE FALL OF ZELONG
    Gypsum, acrylic, paint spray, mixed media
    2017

    “The fall of Zelong” – is a story about the
    Empire, which was under the leadership of a despotic ruler Krang, conquered many planets in our galaxy, while he has not joined in the fight with the earthman Rob Drop and his faithful assistant Martian Lokita Taky.

    The story itself is, of course, a trash with borrowings from various Soviet and foreign fiction, which the author wrote at the age of 13, therefore, in his work, he presents the main characters of this story in the form of busts and their descriptions.

    For the author, longing for the sky is a longing for childhood, when the sky was bluer, the trees are greener, and you could do stupid things.

THE COTTON RACKET
THE COTTON RACKET

  1. Vasily Slonov

    THE COTTON RACKET
    Wadding, textile, thread, stitches
    2015

    Proof that the wadded idea is able to move the technical progress forward is a wadded rocket ready to go into space.

    The rocket was first shown at the exhibition “Wreaths of the Apocalypse” in the gallery on 11.12 at Vinzavod.

    It is in the collection of Alexander Sharov and was kindly provided to participate in the project of YEARNING FOR THE SKY

GARDEN
GARDEN

  1. Kim Chang Kuym

    GARDEN
    Video-installation, 4:15 min
    2007

    Such video images projected on to the objects-the projected images on the surface of the forms- deconstructs the barrier between reality and fiction. At the same time, it shakes the firm belief and preconception about the reality of the objects and images.

    The objects only look similar to the original objects; there is no similarity between those two other than the appearance. On the other hand, the video images also only look similar to the original objects, but there lacks a sense of physicality, which makes a real object become
    a real object. Like this, the relationship that the objects and video images have with the original objects is one of absence and deficiency (since they only mimic a part of the original objects.)
    Therefore, they have a standpoint of substituting and supplementing the real objects.

    On top of that, the artist’s work tries to induce the audience to experience such circumstances
    as reality; such a creation of circumstances that transcend sensuous reality is the core theory of the artist’s work. As a result, the artist’s work seems sophisticated for its digital appearance, but in its process, it is still analog; in this sense, the artist’s work brings a response from the audience with the impression of sophistication.

TRUE (OCOLUS 5)
TRUE (OCOLUS 5)

  1. Natalia Struchkova

    TRUE (OCOLUS 5)
    Canvas, acrylic, pencils
    2017

    This work continues the series of ceiling works. The whole series refers to the architectural practice of the painted ceiling, which began during the Renaissance and continuing for this
    moment.

    At different times of the celestial painting was placed in the dome or arch, covered, framed and forced to attract views, lift up head. They were filled with different contents, but always remained one thing – aspiration to the future, dream, hope for a universal unity.

    The author tried to imagine how could look like the ceiling painted today –
    ”Acquainted with antiquity and the Renaissance, seen and Modernism and
    Postmodernism had a drop too much three-dimensional graphics and network equality, my painting destroys dreams.

    Clouds aren’t ephemeral, as before, and consist of LEGO, canvas still leaves hope but covered with opaque plastic paint – acrylic.

    The composition of the heavens are calculated in the three-dimensional program and non-random.

    The search for a new general by technologic led to frustration and loneliness, we again look at the ceiling, but we see the semblance of the sticker in the telegram.

THE INTERVAL
THE INTERVAL

  1. Tatiana Stadnichenko & David Heikkinen

    THE INTERVAL
    Video-sound installation, 10 min
    Sound: David Heikkinen
    2017

    “And at home, hay is in the meadows
    and the pope smokes, leaning his elbows on the gate … “Sasha Sokolov
    First, there was the sky.

    It came into our houses, clapped open windows, dust drifted, pain blew. We changed tables, balconies, apartments, country.

    They stood in the evenings on the bridges, they caught the passing day, forgot the present looked, the past.

    The reality moved with the speed of the clouds …

THE BELLTOWER OF HAPPINESS
THE BELLTOWER OF HAPPINESS

  1. Alexander Morozov

    THE BELLTOWER OF HAPPINESS
    Rod metal, welding
    2017

    When, in the Sheksna of the Vologda region, the belfry of the Zapogist church collapsed, known throughout the country as a “bell of happiness” from the film “I Want Also,” by Alexei Balabanov, the locals saw this as a mystical omen – the collapse happened 40 days after the death of the director.
    The object presented to the viewer at the exhibition is a barge structure carrying the belfry frame to an unknown heavenly port. The floating dry cargo ship with the collapsed bell tower from Sheksna is still looking for its port of origin.
    The idea of historical time, narrative, and flow of consciousness is replaced by a modernist grid.

ROCKET DOG MEMORYHOUSE
ROCKET DOG MEMORYHOUSE

  1. Alexander Morozov

    ROCKET DOG MEMORYHOUSE
    Neon
    2017

    The road to space for the mankind is paved by dogs. Everybody heard about Laika, Squirrel, and Strelka. In fact, before men, 48 dogs have visited “there”, and two more –
    after. 20 of them were lost.

    This installation is dedicated to this tragic page of space exploration. The installation consists of three objects made on the basis of analysis of aspects between celestial bodies at the time of the launch of the ships:
    THE VOYAGE OF LAIKA
    THE VOYAGE OF MISHKA & CHIGIK
    PCHELKA & MUSHKA

UNTITLED
UNTITLED

  1. Sergey Katran

    UNTITLED
    3D printing, gypsum, metal wire rope, mirror
    2017

    The sky is outer and the sky is internal. Walk in the outer sky, you can buy a ticket to the plane and go, for example, to Stockholm or Beijing. Walking in the sky is more difficult inside. The inner sky is changeable and not three-dimensional.
    One of the easiest solutions to the possibility of a walk in the Inner Sky, I propose to consider the example of the installation “Untitled” invented specifically for the project “Longing for the sky.” I do not have the right to comment on this work since this activity as a rule “cuts through” the meaning and interpretation of the author to become the main one.
     And I would like the viewer to “read” my work independently and make his own judgment about “what the author wanted to say.”
    For the same reason, I left this job without a name. Thank you, considerate man, for co-creation!

    Sergey Katran

    Artist’s Website: http://www.katranland.com/

UNTITLED (TENNIS)
UNTITLED (TENNIS)

  1. Dmitry Bulnygin

    UNTITLED (TENNIS)
    Single channel video, projection on ceiling, sound
    2007

    Russian tennis is famous all around the globe. The men from many countries love to watch Russian female tennis players.

    This work should illustrate the dreams of
    millions.

    Artist’s Website: http://bulnygin.com/

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