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Liquid Life

Liquid Life unites artworks from leading young artists of Krasnoyarsk who create an alternative image of Siberia, overcoming its territorial isolation from global art processes. 

Igor Lazarev. Seer. Seeing. Seen. 2011. Scotch tape, acryl, aquarium, glass, water. 300 × 300 cm. Courtesy: Krasnoyarsk Museum Center.

Liquid Life unites artworks from leading young artists of Krasnoyarsk who create an alternative image of Siberia, overcoming its territorial isolation from global art processes. They either spontaneously adopt the traditions of leading artists of the XX–XXI centuries or study at Vadim Maryasov’s school for conceptual design.

Elaborating the trend of virtually Aristotelian realism in abstract art of recent decades A. Martins reveals unexpected meanings of abstract art and plays with antique torsos of academicism in a narrative. New realism painting by D. Brilin neglects the precepts of the Surikov school. Installational primitivist I. Lazarev incorporates Kantian sententia into an essentially Buddhist piece of art. Installations from D. Vorobieva and A. Omelik are femmages of a sort, which revitalize women’s fancywork in the creation of architectural and semi-natural objects. I. Usyakin and A. Bezvershuk construct a Siberian idol mask, which has lost its pagan authenticity and has been turned into an ordinary Russian fence. Photo pictures by T. Antonyuk remain indifferent to the hectic pace of modern life and immerse into a psychological exploration. D. Hafizova aestheticizes Facebook as a genre of communication and breaks all the rules of postcard beauty. Video artist A. Akimov collects the stereotypes of the modern globalized world into postmodern collages about Siberia, while N. Gorohovaya in her videopoetry attempts to master irrationally the spirit of place. a new genre is invented by R. Ashikhmin—with the use of scanography he represents informational space in its overly replete and objectless state.

The name Liquid Life records the plasmatic formation state of the young art of Krasnoyarsk. It is also an homage to the spontaneous expression of Krasnoyarsk artists that happened during the IX Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennial In the Deep: the cardboard art-object-manifest Slurry by I. Guryanov & S. Bastrikin.

Oxana Budulak & Sasha Semenova

Organized by
Krasnoyarsk Museum Center

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.