Curated by Paula Pintos
INSTALLATIONS & STRUCTURES, TEMPORARY INSTALLATIONS, ARTS & ARCHITECTURE • RUSSIA
Architects : Orekhov
Area : 200 m²
Year : 2020
Photographs : Ivan Muraenko
Manufacturers : Alligator
Lead Architects : Gregory Orekhov
Country : Russia
Textual content description offered by the architects. Artist Gregory Orekhov reinterprets the “Black Sq.” in a brand new sculpture for Malevich Park situated within the Moscow area. Situated within the Moscow area, close to the settlements of Barvikha and Nemchninovka, a park named after Kazimir Malevich has opened its doorways to the general public. These countryside landscapes weren’t solely the artist’s favorite trip spots but additionally served as inspiration for his later acquired figurative fashion, which marked the start of a brand new chapter in his artwork. One of many key components of the park is a sculpture created by Gregory Orekhov.
Orekhov’s “Black Sq.” is the primary large-scale monument created in reminiscence of Kazimir Malevich, and a singular instance of a up to date Russian sculpture. Orekhov thought of the sculpture’s captured quantity and deliberately preserved its “unnaturalness” in opposition to the backdrop of the park, which is crucial attribute of the article. Orekhov masterfully integrates the murals inside the constructed setting, all of the whereas connecting the viewer to the architectural area of the panorama.
Divided into two elements, Orekhov’s “Black Sq.” acts as a passageway into the park. The item itself is kind of utilitarian in its nature. In keeping with the artist’s thought, as soon as we enter the “sq.”, we discover ourselves at a crossroad — to both enter the park or enter infinity, a crossing between what happens in real-life and a whole bunch of its unfulfilled variations.
Orekhov was in a position to obtain this by inserting two full-length mirrors manufactured from polished stainless-steel into the 2 halves of the dice. The metal sheets made within the artist’s studio haven’t any analogs in Russia, whereas the floor sharpening was achieved with the very best stage of processing. Nonetheless, the approach is utilized in opposition to itself, in opposition to the course of historic time, in opposition to progress, as a way of overcoming historical past and returning to the start of nature.
The concept behind the creation of this work derives from and continues the philosophy of probably the most notable cultural figures of the Avant-garde period of the early 20th century. The invasion of commercial manufacturing into the standard way of life was perceived because the destruction of unity inside nature, upon which the millennial cultural custom was based mostly upon. The emulation of nature has lengthy misplaced its’ worth, because the world has steadily grown unstable. On the identical time, the development in approach, not solely disadvantaged artwork of its declare to reality, however modified the best way artists outlined their creativity — not as a mirrored image of the world, however as its actual transformation. The illustration of sculpture and portray has since been thought to be one thing “actual” — not as duplicates of actual issues existent in an idealistic area.
“The viewer turns into an confederate, falling into an countless hall of reflections. The dynamics of the viewer’s motion grow to be intriguing contained in the static determine. The spatial growth of the “Black Sq.” lies inside the structure: the transition from Malevich’s two-dimensional type to the three-dimensional type of Orekhov. But, a special universe emerges contained in the sculpture — a multidimensional area that resembles a “laughing room” or the sci-fi/horror “Dice,” writes curator and artwork critic Mikhail Sidlin. “Gregory Orekhov is probably the one Russian sculptor that works in true postminimalism. spirit: he combines a crude type with a theatre of feelings that in the end draw one in.”