ALEXEY MARTINS Black Cloud Curated by Georgy Zhukov
AUGUST 31 - DECEMBER 31 2019
Alexey Martins personal exhibition curated by Georgy Zhukov "Black cloud" at Artpogost presents a three-ton installation of industrial timber on the theme of environmental consciousness.
Ecology can be called the main challenge of the day, remaining on the agenda. Minds of many people have been occupied by this: from politicians and ecologists to philosophers and artists, which in its turn creates a whole network of different approaches to this problem. Classical ecology often boils down to criticizing the human impact on the environment and trying to work out a project for rational environmental management. They are opposed by some philosophical projects of environmental criticism, which see the heart of the problem in the very model of thinking. They believe that a positive project of nature salvation not only puts a person in a privileged position in relation to nature, but the very concept of "nature" falsely excludes man from an ecosystem. A whole «swarm» of similar projects, such as "dark ecology" and "inhuman anthropology", are trying to achieve full environmental awareness.
The task of artistic practice is to develop its own meta-discursive approach to this topic and create a dynamic image of modernity. As for me, I see intensive spaces as the actual manifestation of such combination, which can be collected from an industrial bar, resembling ruined soil or a crystallized cloud of smoke, in which you can simultaneously distinguish the image of the ecological threat hanging over humanity and the graphic image of the audio track, as an echo of the multi-voiced ecological discourse.
Alexey Martins was born in Krasnoyarsk in 1989. lives and works in Moscow, Russia
He graduated from the Faculty of Painting of the Krasnoyarsk Art School and the Free Workshops Contemporary Art School of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
Working with a broad range of media from graphic art to installations, Martins studies social interaction and collective thinking as well as the role of art in the construction of society and their influence on each other. In his practice, Martins engages with a distinctive set of materials, techniques and subjects that reveal the dynamic tension between civilization and nature. Martins considers all of his works in different media, including the ones produced for public spaces, as inherently connected parts of a single social and aesthetic project – a meditation on ecologic cataclysms, the ambivalent status of a human being in the system of organic life, regional identity and the unifying potential of art.
Georgy Zhukov (born in Moscow, 1972) Loyer, curator. Graduated from the curatorial studies program of the faculty of liberal arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg state University and Bard college (US).