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Counter Illusions

The exhibition represents new works by artists who explore the border between spaces of social interactions and artistic imagination. 

Anya Titova. Dionysus on the Verge. 2011. Installation. Found materials. Courtesy: Gallery 21, Moscow

The exhibition represents new works by artists who explore the border between spaces of social interactions and artistic imagination. The authors get at times the feeling that something even more important is expressed in the tension between the real and ethereal, in art and in life. Within reality, spectacle becoming one of its chief social forces, the production and circulation of imagery totally embraces daily occurrences. In response to this, artists do not refuse to create images so much as they turn to the creation of counter illusions. These may be both fragments of real spaces and itself the materiality of the piece of art, or a semantic effect having the quality of a sudden insight. Technological imagery as such contains the energy of negating the spectacle, at least between the pixels. Free usages of diverse media, an exchange between quotidian life and the creative world of the artwork, are vital for the author’s telling of the story of the main event accompanying the artwork—the story of putting the metaphor to test and dissecting its mechanisms. The criticality of an artistic statement proceeds from the antithesis of space and place, image and presence. Perceptual and social media navigation habits are altered in an unexpected way. In each case the artwork offers a specific spatial syntax, involving the viewer as a participant in the center of the creation of meaning. The situational and atmospheric do not serve here as a means to immerse into the mass-cult and ideological dream; opposed to this, counter illusions are to help in becoming aware of borders, and therefore the possibilities of the social logic of space.

Stas Shuripa

Idea by
Stas Shuripa

Organized by
Gallery 21

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.