Maxim Ksuta

russian artist, contemporary art, sculpture, installation, photography

Tag: sculpture

New solo exhibitioin in Kultproekt gallery (CUBE), Moscow – “Steel life”


В свое время мне довелось побывать на двух больших выставках американского художника Сая Туомбли. Первая была его ретроспективой в Tate Modern, на которой я познакомился с его творчеством, а вторая, проходившая в Dulwich Picture Gallery, поразила меня неожиданным сопоставлением двух казалось бы совершенно разных художников – Туомбли и Николя Пуссена. Размышления о природе абстракции и творческом феномене этого загадочного, но безусловно великого абстрактного художника долгое время не оставляли меня и со временем вылились в этот проект.

Тема поиска образов в окружающем мире интересует меня уже долгое время, но в данном случае мне было интересно найти и сфотографировать природные объекты, стихийно (спонтанно) сложившиеся в естественные абстракции. Фотографию в данном случае я рассматривал как инструмент для создания работ, пограничных с графикой, и даже живописью. Рассматривая отснятые слайды, я заметил, что практически все кадры из этой серии явно напоминают абстрактные композиции Сая Туомбли! Это открытие вдохновило меня на поиск и отбор работ Туомбли, близких моим фотографиям по настроению и композиции.

Вторая часть проекта, отчасти определившая его название, вдохновлена работами и творчеством американского художника – Клиффорда Стилла.
Его манера была определена выдающимся критиком Климентом Гринбергом, как произведения «цветового поля». Это направление можно рассматривать как разновидность абстрактного экспрессионизма, хотя иногда его классифицируют как род минимализма.
Стилл считается одним из выдающихся художников цветового поля — его нефигуративные картины во многом связаны с сопоставлением разных цветов и поверхностей. Его неровные вспышки цвета создают впечатление, что один слой цвета был «отодран» от картины, показывая цвета под ним. Картины напоминают сталактиты и первобытные пещеры. Композиции Стилла нестандартны, зазубренны и имеют изрытую тяжёлую текстуру и резким контрастом поверхности.
Работы этих художников объединены темой спонтанности, «детскости», медитатции в действии, что роднит их с мастерами дзен буддизма, которые находили равновесное состояние ума в созерцании природы.
Максим Ксута.

ArchMoscow-2020

OCTOBER 8-11 GOSTINYI DVOR, Moscow

Photo by Polina Mogilina

New exhibition – “Wave of Dreams”

Photo by Vladimir Peysikov

Imagine you’re dreaming, and in your dream you pick a flower in heaven, and then you wake up with the flower in your hand. Ah, what then? (Max Richter. From Natalie Johns’ Max Richter’s Sleep, 2019)

Where do we go every night when we close our eyes and drift to sleep? To the realm of misty dreams? Walk the winding roads of our unconscious? Do we see the future or the past? Or the present existing in parallel to here and now? What if dreams are a different reality that coexists with the one we know? And how can a third part of life, although passive, be deemed insignificant?

Sleeping is as important part of life as wakefulness. It affects our perception of reality and the phantom line between objective truth and the surreal world of visions and fantasies. Dreams and their nature still raise numerous questions and researching them is filled with various hypotheses that are yet to be scientifically confirmed or disproved. Dreaming and its many aspects is turned into a subject of artistic reflection in the exhibition narrative.

A Wave of Dreams unites works by 32 artists. Referring to the ancient tradition of dream interpretation, some participants find in them warnings and prophecies. Others explore the borderline state between dream and reality as a paranoid feeling of losing touch with reality. In some cases, the memories of the past switch places with dreams, as if emerging from each other; in others the visions of the future bleed through like recurring stress dreams. Sometimes metaphysical images come up like accidental visions. The artists turn to memory archives, feelings of déjà vu and dream journals. Through the works we invite the viewers to enter an extraordinary world of fantastical images, nightmares and drifting dreams. A Wave of Dreams will become the border zone between wakefulness and dreaming in which objective reality is no longer dominant, giving way to illusion.

Polina Mogilina

“Bodhichitta” Lao rosewood, billiard ball, carving. 2020

My objects from the series – “Exile from Eden” in the film.

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My objects from the series “Exile from Paradise” 2006\2007 in the film “AJI” directed by Anastasia Berezovsky, 2018

New exhibition – At the Fringes

At the Fringes

At the Fringes

At the Fringes

At the Fringes is an exhibition organized by the Department of Research Arts, a center for artistic research projects focused on the Russian territory. This new project shows the life at the fringes and in the border territories of Russia, where fringes are not exclusively state borders but also natural boundaries, land areas, divides and limits of space.

Areas that have been historically considered “remote”, “disconnected,” “isolated,” become especially interesting in today’s society as the means of communication have been organically integrated into the human ecosystem and transformed our perception of space. The fringes are closer than ever now but still remain somewhat distant. These can be spaces well within the country’s landmass as well as border territories.

Cohesiveness of space, in Russia and globally, is not uniform which produces modern forms of geographic inequality. The non-uniformity can be observed as some parts of the country are better known while others remain “uncharted territories”; the project takes this disparity as its starting point.

The exhibition opens with documentary projects where each presents an interpretation of archival or documentary records (photographs, official documents, sketches, field notes, video) covering a fringe region.

A stand-alone part of the project is its “permanent exposition.” It comprises painting and photography that recreate the image of a fringe with varying degrees of visual approximation. Complementing it, there is a library section that offers insights into the history of the Russian space and its landmark social, philosophical and artistic concepts.

In the third part of the exposition, the acoustic experience is just as important as the visual. The audience is immersed into the fringe space through installations and objects.

The project is supported by the Presidential Grants Foundation.

Artists
Evgeniya Buravleva
Sofya Gavrilova
Alexander Gronsky
Maria Gruzdeva
Olga Davydova
ZAPOVEDNIK research group
Elizaveta Konovalova
Taisia Korotkova
Alexey Korsi
Maxim Ksuta
Anton Kuznetsov
Alexander Morozov
Ivan Napreenko
Valeri Nistratov
Sergey Novikov
Nikolay Onischenko
Pavel Otdelnov
Alexander Povzner
Egor Plotnikov
Sergei Prokofiev
Igor Samolet
Maria Safronova
Maxim Sher
Natasha Timofeeeva

“New work” – 23072017

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“With the world on a string”

The project is about communication and relationships.
“With the world on a string”
Dear friends, I ask you to send me the segment of the thread of any length and color.
Thank you.
Location – in a personal message.

Adam Eve (“Out of Eden”, Triumph gallery, Moscow, Russia 2006-2007)

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«Eve» – 25 trancperent acrylic glass layers. Oil solvent print Adam Eve (“Out of Eden”, Triumph gallery, Moscow, Russia 2006-2007)

Lupa Capitolina – bronze sculpture

Process is completed… On the photo my assistant – Sasha.

Production of the bronze sculpture – Lupa Capitolina

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Wax model … … … …