Andrey Ostashov. Forms of memory automatic translate
с 23 Ноября
по 20 Января
Музей современного искусства Эрарта
Васильевский остров, 29-я линия, д.2
Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art presents a retrospective exhibition of the famous Belarusian sculptor Andrei Ostashov.
Andrei Ostashov is one of the most successful and original sculptors of Belarus who won recognition far beyond the borders of the motherland. His works are kept in the State Russian Museum, the National Art Museum of Belarus and in numerous private collections in Russia, Europe and America. Every year around the world opens several exhibition projects of the master.
The exhibition "Forms of Memory" presents works inspired by the sculptor’s long-standing interest in Eastern culture and the phenomenon of the formation of myths. The author explores the mechanisms of myth-making, referring to the collective memory that finds material embodiment in his works. Freakish bronze sculptures most clearly demonstrate the master’s individual style: the highest degree of detailing and meticulously worked-out bronze surfaces instantly transfer the viewer to a bizarre world in which fiction cleverly intertwined with reality, and images inspired by the culture of the East - with subjects borrowed from ancient mythology. The characters of this world are invariably distinguished by the characteristic features of their appearance: slanting eyes and thin features that give them natives of eastern countries. The underlined "refinement" of bodies sometimes borders on eroticism: the outlines of elegant hands intertwine in fancy patterns, the bends of which echo the ornaments adorning carefully designed costumes.
“Previously, when a man heard the murmur of a stream, he thought it was not water, but a nymph was standing there, blowing in the breeze,” says the artist and hinting that, despite the pragmatic nature of the era, modern man still needs “sweet deception "Explaining the phenomena of the surrounding world. Combining in themselves references to the past and the present, the sculptures seem to be modern versions of fantasies that enthrall the viewer into the fantastic world of interweaving visual quotations. East and West, reality and myth, old and new, elite and mass flow into each other, forcing the viewer to feel the meeting of different worlds, to see a single whole, so relevant in the modern world for our time.
The works of the Belarusian master, which are peculiar forms of memory, fascinate and intrigue, they want to unravel and decipher. At the exhibition, the audience will have the opportunity - the exposition is a retrospective of the 20-year-old creative life of Andrei Ostashov: graphics and, of course, a sculpture made in bronze.
The exhibition will be held in the Erarta Museum from November 23, 2018 to January 20, 2019.