Exhibition Weld Queen "Choice and Polyethylene" automatic translate
с 24 Мая
по 23 Июня
Галерея «Файн Арт» (старый адрес)
ул. Б.Садовая д.3, корп. 10
On the Moscow art scene, it is not uncommon to see a green-eyed, blond-haired girl in a chiton of coarse cloth, in a helmet with a raised visor. The maiden warrior, Pallas Athena - this is the image that immediately appears in the mind when meeting with her. Surprisingly, this image is as metaphorical as it is real. Pallas Athena, in addition to military science, patronizes craftsmanship, crafts, art, Alexander Weld Queen perfectly mastered the profession of her father - metal welding and began to create her sculptures using this method. The source material - coarse industrial metal fittings - becomes obedient in the hands of Weld Queen, and the welding mask creates the illusion of a Greek goddess’s helmet.
The Weld Queen project includes 9 “transparent” sculptures, of which only one — the girl’s figure — is static, the rest are able to move. The kinetics of objects is due to the ability of the viewer to manipulate them. Sculptures are based on the rocking chair principle. The entire installation is interactive, each viewer can enter the object, sit down and begin to swing. And then a very provocative picture emerges. The fact is that sculptures welded from metal rods are semi-reclining human figures that rest on semicircular runners. The spectator, who decided to swing, sits as if on a sculpture’s belly, leaning back on her half-bent knees. The figures themselves are conditional sculptural portraits of quite specific people, specially chosen by the author as models for this project. Sculptural portraits are located one by one on the object - a girl, a young man, or in pairs - a girl and a young man, two girls, two boys. Only 8 kinetic sculptures containing 11 characters. For the viewer - the choice of the object. At the behest of the visitors, the sculptures will rock, will roll quickly, slowly - as the viewer decides, and the whole system will come to life. And only the figure of the girl in the center of the action remains static.
According to the author’s idea, this project is a parable exhibition, where gender games are presented in allegorical form, the result of which is the search for one’s own identity outside of gender relations. The author says: “We are swinging on the swing of our doubts, joining the game of searching for potential partners. This game between the sexes takes place in the format of a planet and stretches for millennia. ” While playing, a person often loses himself, forgets and erases his personality. He transforms his body, face, trying to be like famous people or accepted standards of beauty, masculinity. As a result, a lot of similar human copies are created (remember only the endless stream of Marilyn Monroe), an illusion of a shop window emerges, where similar products are placed in dense vacuum plastic packaging. When a person who has forgotten his identity, is given to the will of love peripeteia, then he has a choice only among these plastic toys. The author proposes to play "in the games of the physical world consciously. All people are units of energy that have their own strength, their own identity. By understanding this, everyone can discover their own freedom. ”
The central static figure reflects the position of the observer outside bodily games, the position of a person seeking value in himself. In this context, the artist offers each visitor to consider this sculpture as their own self-portrait.