"Inexpressible". Exhibition of works by Elena Surovtseva automatic translate
с 29 Мая
по 30 Июня
Галерея искусств Зураба Церетели
ул. Пречистенка, 19
In the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts opens an exhibition of works by Honored Artist of Russia, an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Elena Mikhailovna Surovtseva. The exhibition presents about 50 sculptural works and 11 art objects made in various techniques and materials (wood, chamotte, bronze, etc.), as well as several author’s graphic sheets. Among them are such famous sculptural compositions as “Inexpressible”, “White Signs”, “Genealogical Tree, People-Stars”, “Everything is not as it seems”, “Nothing special”, and also the works “Monument to the Mowed Herbs”, “ Envy bicycle tires ”,“ My muse - 1 ”,“ Sacrifice ”and others.
Elena Surovtseva is a tireless experimenter, a master with a unique individual manner. It belongs to the pleiad of the leading domestic eighty-century sculptors. Her path to sculpture was original. The taste for the material and the form of the subject was already manifested during the study at the Art Glass Department at the Higher Stroganov School. The experience of creating objects in purely “sculptural” ideas came through material with a fluid, mobile form. Another starting point for the formation of the style of the artist was an extraordinary vision of the surrounding world.
The formal quest of the sculptor suggests a free interchange with the world history of art, including the Russian heritage of plastic, famous in the 20th century, and rethinking the experience of European modernism, including modern and expressionism. In recent years, E. Surovtseva discovers a new understanding of sculpture. The creative experience of the author is of interest not only in the domestic artistic environment, but also abroad. Her works are in museums of Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, and also represented in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery.
In her work, Elena Surovtseva often uses the theme of time, which bears traces of her personal memory, turned to the archaic experience of time and space, when there are no boundaries between the inner and the outer, the world appears unnamed. It harmoniously combines images that are important for a fundamental understanding of history, the universe - the archaic figures of prehistoric figurines of women, classical ancient images and signs-symbols. The creative method developed by the artist, which consists in working with geometric structures, deformation, makes it possible to create the impression of primordialness of the world, its childhood, as a rare gift of preserving the intactness of the original state of the soul. Born visual images are endowed not only with canonical form stability, but also with a natural form. So Elena Surovtseva allows the viewer to look into the world, not yet loaded with later acquisitions of intellectual technologies, and into herself. Plunging into this “sensitive matter”, the viewer moves with the artist, changing the perspectives of his vision, revealing a particular topography and its perspectives. At the same time, reality itself in this artistic system opens at the moment of an acute experience, like instant flashes of light.
E. Surovtseva works a lot with nudity, exploring the theme of physicality. In the female figure, she seeks to express the deepest feeling of the natural element, the pulsation of internal energy. This is manifested in the inclination of the poses of her heroines, in the contours of their silhouettes, somewhat reminiscent of Mayol figurines with their magic; they contain intense feminine feeling, manifested in the compositions of Matisse and Botero, the elevation of the poetics of impressionism, immersion in the Baroque culture of the XVIII century. The chamber compositions of Surovtseva conceal a deep tenderness to the human body, which can reflect the dramatic world of human habitation. A kind of artist fits the portrait genre. In the sculptural portraits, she tries to express her thoughts about the incomprehensibility of nature, the loneliness of a person in the face of time.
The novelty of Helen Surovtseva’s approach to the plastic task allows her to touch the moral conflicts of the time, to make the hidden manifest for modern perception. The reality fixed by the sculpture of the sculptor is the only and genuine human presence in the world, filled with living consciousness and love. The creative search of E. Surovtseva allows you to understand the general stylistic process of the national art of the late XX - early XXI century, in which it occupies one of the prominent places.
The text is based on the article by Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, art historian Vitaly Patsyukov.