Untitled (from the series “bugs”)
wood and gloss paint
28.5 × 24.5 × 15 cm
Inv. No. 0148b
Every work stands in a causally discursive connection to the cultural space in which it is created. One becomes aware of this after having become involved in more detail with a specific artist, and cross connections and references have been revealed. In the case of Russian art, this rapidly leads to stereotypes that often obscure the view of the work. If one refrains from this and takes the work for what it is, what one sees, one is choosing a process that would be unfruitful when applied to many areas of contemporary art. The present work allows this because of its formal strengths and concision. The two sculptures come from a series of very similar works in which slight differences in the surface qualities allow formal structural characteristics to be recognised. Even though only two states are shown, one immediately grasps the transitory intermediate states.
The sculptor’s old yearning is satisfied – the yearning to evoke things without materialising them.
Paul Katzberger, 2005 (translation: Tim Sharp)Continue reading
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