For me, presence, doubt and surprise are the substance of the spirit of this exhibition. I want the public to leave the exhibition energized, feeling a lot of love and power inside and that the best and most transformative decisions can be made in this very moment. I want this show to be an experience of surprise, wonder, doubt, tension, reflection, excitement, pleasure and relaxation.
Bernardo Mosqueira was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1988, where he currently lives and works. He was the curator responsible for more than 55 exhibitions in Rio and São Paulo galleries. Bernardo is the director of the Award «Prêmio FOCO Bradesco ArtRio» since 2012 and one of the curators of IBEU Art Gallery since 2010. Currently, he teaches at the Parque Lage Visual Arts School.
The difference between the view of a city, fields and forests from a car window — and the city itself as well as the fields and the forests themselves — is enormous, sometimes irreconcilable. Such is the difference between the Russian expression «там хорошо, где нас нет» (literally: things are good where we aren’t) and the English one «The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence».
The exploration of that difference — as well as the question of who we feel ourselves to be and who we actually are — is the subject of the sixth Lexus Hybrid Art.
And that’s very true. We get into a fitting room and look at the mirror — and there is nothing but eternity behind that mirror. Or — we hear the music behind the door, and once we open it, the weird silence embraces us. Needless to say about the length of an extended hand that separates us from the scary void — or from someone surprisingly shaking it. The artists only talk about any of the casual feelings (and especially of the events which create them) that could be easily taken as a work of art — our daily life is filled with them. Lexus Hybrid Art not only helps us to define the difference but also to identify the presence of art in our own life. In 2015 this exhibition settled at the Rossiya Theatre — the place out of time, the cinema with no cinema in it, the temporary (thanks to LHA) museum of contemporary art. In 2015 this exhibition will discover several top state secrets to its loyal visitor — first of all, the secret of a sacred saying that explains the car mirror principle: «Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.»
To say the truth, this exhibition is dedicated to that real distance that separates us from the objects — both already reflected and yet to be reflected — and the emotional meaning of them.
Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich (Russian, lives between Moscow, London and São Paulo) is a Brazilian artist, British curator, and Russian museum director but also a writer, theatre director and filmmaker.
In group and solo shows, he has created installations and performances. Fyodor’s Performance Carousel (2014), Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2015 Fyodor received the Grand Prix at Kuryokhin Art Prize 2015. His works are included into Marina Abramović and The Future of Performance Art published by Prestel (2010) and Performance Now: 2000-2013 by Roselee Goldberg (Thames and Hudson, 2015).
All four exhibitions of LHA in which I have taken part have been different — in idea, spirit and architecture — thanks to the festival’s variety of exhibition spaces. Sometimes, it has been reminiscent of an alchemist’s laboratory, sometimes a cosmic portal, then a futuristic city growing through the architecture of the past... As I work with total installation, first I listen to what one or another space has to say, and then I initiate a dialogue between the space and the work of art. This year, visitors will enter a mystical cinema, reminiscent of the famous David Lynch series or an abandoned adventure park.
Katya Bochavar (Russia / USA) — аrtist and curator, Katya has been participating in the Lexus Hybrid Art project as aspace architect and co-curator since 2012. She also worked as the architect of the Russian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), curator of the visual program at the GOGOLFEST International Festival of Contemporary Art (Kiev, 2010) and the Archstoyanie 2013, and Leaving the Forest Festival (Nikola-Lenivets, 2013). Katya combines the curatorial activity with the desire for interdisciplinarity and collaboration with other artists.
Lexus cars are created to awaken senses. The whole range of emotions and senses is waiting for a visitor at every turn at the Lexus Hybrid Art exhibition. Be ready to dive into the experience, which will help you to better understand traditions, philosophy and principles of Lexus.