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5 RUSSIAN ARTISTS TO WATCH

The ‘Other Side’ of reality

 

The Russian art scene investigates and aims to present those things which usually go unnoticed in the stream of everyday life, and expose the truths that seem to hide behind even the most simple of objects. Contemporary Lynx presents  5 Russian artists whose works are ahead of the future and combining the past, they create the present.

Anna Parkina

Anna Parkina’s art is saturated with metamodernism: reviving Russian constructivism,  Anna Parkina also uses new media, such as video and performance. Her works are filled with an atmosphere similar to that found in the work of Gustav Klutsis and Richard Hamilton, in the way it depicts in detail the analyses of the current state of the society.  Anna Parkina notes the loneliness that seems to reside in every modern person’s soul, and surrounds it with chaos and mystery.

Anna Parkina’s Metamodern works were exhibited at the Garage Museum Of Contemporary Art and Gmg Gallery, both of them located in Moscow.  Anna has also exhibited at the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Gladstone Gallery in New York, the Amanda Wilkinson Gallery in London and others. Furthermore, the Russian artist took part in  53nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale in 2009.

Anna Parkina - Waiting Space, 2010
Anna Parkina
Anna Parkina - The Case Is Open II, 2009

AES + F 

The name of this Moscow art group < AES + F > contains the initials of it’s primary participants; the architects Tatiana Arzamasova and Lev Evzovich, a designer Evgeny Svyatsky and the photographer Vladimir Fridkes. In the works of AES + F, surrealistic phantasmagoria overlap the aesthetics of glossy magazines from the early 2000s, and pop art merges with the Baroque, and Mannerism. The meta-space, which is inherent in the work of this Moscow art group, immerses the viewer in a world where the present is created by the interaction between the past and the future.

Art Statements Gallery in Hong Kong, Galeria Senda in Barcelona, the Mobius Gallery in Bucharest, Dom Umenia in Bratislava,  the Musée D’art Et D’histoire in Genève and the Neues Museum Nürnberg  in Nuremberg have all hosted exhibitions by AES + F.  It’s worth mentioning that from the 21st of September 2019 till 23rd February 2020, the group’s work can be seen at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba

AES + F
AES+F, - Inverso Mundus, Still #1–02, 2015
AES+F - The Feast of Trimalchio, Arrival of the Golden Boat, 2010

Igor Samolet 

In his works, documentary photographer Igor Samolet moves the viewer into a world that seems to stand between the dimensions. Focusing on, and analysing the different facets of human relationships, the artist portrays a ‘Russian’ reality, universally recognisable to everyone. Igor’s art is filled with a mixture of sexuality, youth, deconstruction and mediality, which emphasises the emptiness, and the basic brutality of the modern world.

In 2013 Igor published his first book, “be happy!”, which was awarded the Silver Prize at the German Photobook Award in 2014, and which was included  in “The Photobook: A History Volume III”  by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Igor was also included in the list of “25 Photographers Changing the Perception of Russia,” which was produced by The Calvert Journal. Gallery FotoDepartament in St Petersburg, the Kunst Haus Wien In Vienna, the 25kadr Gallery in Moscow and the Moscow Manege, as well as a few others, have all exhibited Igor Samolet’s works.  Finally, from the 20th December 2019 till the 2nd of February 2020, the Igor’s exhibition “Energy Of A Mistake” can be seen at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow.

Igor Samolet - from 'be happy!', 2013
Igor Samolet

Dmitri Aske

Dmitry Aske is a many-sided Moscow artist who began his career as an avant-garde artist of Russian graffiti, and a partisan in the art and practice of the exploration of the urban space. In his work, the Dmitri presents the world which surrounds him, combining the style of computer games and Lego, with the traditions of classical art.

In 2010, the New York Print Magazine included Dmitri on their list of the twenty most talented and promising young artists from around the world. Dimitri’s works could be seen at the Mode Museum in Antwerp, Studio Alte Feuerwache in Mannheim, the Lollipop Gallery, London, the 1AM Gallery in San Francisco, the RuArts Gallery and Museum of Modern Art, both of which are located in Moscow and others.

Dmitri Aske
Dmitri Aske - Vicar, 2018
Dmitri Aske - Reality 2.0 №6 2016

Anya Zholud

As part of her process for investigating the problems of consumption in the context of commercialism in her work, Anna Zholud creates objects from  bent metal rods, maintaining a scale and proportion relative to the size of household items. Coldness fills the Russian artist’s works, which take apart and then present the main characteristics of today’s consumerist ‘lifestyle’. Organizing space using the metal structures she’s constructed, Anna presents the skeleton or even echo of the objects (that they are based on), freeing them of the illusional casings.

Anna’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries such as the Central House of the Artist, the Museum of Contemporary Art and State Tretyakov Gallery, all of which are located in Moscow. Anya’s work has also appeared at the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, the Galleria Nina Lumer in Milan, the Kunstraum B in Kiel and others. Finally, in 2009 Anna Zholud took part at 53nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale.

Anya Zholud
Anya Zholud - Spazio Personale, Galleria Nina Lumer, Milano, 2011
Anya Zholud, The Iron Wedding. Aidan Gallery, Moscow, 2008

written by Vera Zborovska 

edited by Aleksander Cellmer