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The interactive urban sculpture
“Cubed / Uncubed”

City Square

August 16 — October 15

 

Lexus Hybrid Art 2017

Lexus Dome

September 6 — October 15

The eighth season of Lexus Hybrid Art explores a new worldwide trend in art — “hidden” or “chameleon” art. Leading Russian artists will create an ambitious group art project, and conceal their objects in Lexus Dome — a multifunctional brand-space, located in Moscow City.

This time, the participating artists will reflect Lexus’s bold approach to innovation and the creation of the new by inviting visitors to play hide and seek through the format of the  exhibition project. This will be achieved through interactive installations and unusual objects that “hide” from viewers, pretending to be ordinary objects, merging with the surrounding space and at the same time, offering active interaction.

This year’s exhibition partner will be City Square, where the opening of the first installment — a public art object created by the young Russian artist Victor Polyakov — will be held. The sculpture “Cubed / Uncubed” demonstrates the main characteristics and principles of hidden art, and will become part of the large-scale architecture of Moscow City. In September, Lexus will continue to open up new horizons in art and will present its main exhibition to visitors in the Lexus Dome space.

Participants

Andrey Bartenev

Andrey Bartenev (b. 1969, Norilsk) is an artist, curator, theater director, graphic designer, and graduate of the Krasnodar Art Institute. He has been living and working in Moscow since the late 1980s. By developing the ideas of Russian Futurism (Burlyuk, Kruchenykh, Mayakovsky, Malevich, Goncharova, Pevsner, Golder), and taking inspiration from science fiction, Bartenev creates vibrant, outrageous installations, living sculptures and performances. Among them: “Sleeping Beauty”, “Mineral water”, “Underwear for Africa “,” Botanical Ballet “,”Snow Queen “, Manhattan Express and many others. Bartenev perceives art as a single stream — the artist takes the point of view that work in an interdisciplinary space —located at the intersection of genres —  is the inevitable consequence of creative freedom. In Bartenev’s works, the best traditions of the avant garde of the 1920s, fashion, design, theater, music and the visual arts in merge into a form of living, universal communication capable of qualitatively transforming any available space.  Bartenev works in collaboration with leading contemporary artists and directors, including Andrew Logan and Robert Wilson, and conducts master classes in Russia, the United States, France, Great Britain and other countries. He also teaches at the Norwegian Theater Academy (in the Faculty of Scenography). The artist’s works are exhibited in key Russian and foreign museums, and are held in collections of contemporary art all over the world.

Alexey Tregubov

Alexey Tregubov (b. 1979, Moscow) is an artist, set designer, curator, a graduate of the V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute, the key production designer for the Moscow School of Modern Drama theater, a Kandinsky Prize nominee (2012), and one of the creators of the Russian Pavilion at the World Exhibition of Scenography and Theater Architecture Prague Quadrennial “(2007), which received the Grand Prix of the festival. Tregubov calls himself a “defector from art to theater and back” — this creater of ideas for the stage and costumes for many experimental productions is no less prominent in the field of contemporary art. His portfolio includes: solo exhibitions in Marseille (PolisOmie gallery, 2010), Helsinki (Korjaamo gallery, 2010) and Moscow (the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Iragui Gallery), participation in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art curatorial group, creation of the architectural concept of one of the Musuem’s exhibition hits — “Playing the Circus” (2014), plus projects for the “New Wing” of  the Gogol House Memorial Museum (from 2014).

Olga Bozhko

Olga Bozhko (b. 1974, Moscow) is an artist, set designer, curator, and a graduate of the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (RATI-GITIS) and the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA). Work created at the start of her career — as a stage designer — won her the “Debut” award (2000) for staging “Love of Don Perlymplin” at the Central Academic Theater of the Russian Army. As an artist, Bozhko explores the myths and archetypes of Russian history, the meanings and concepts that shape everyday life, as well as genre stereotypes. In her synthetic installations, the artist confronts traditional painting and man-made objects with images of virtual reality and computer games. Working with space, Bozhko strives to show the domestic, object-based environment from a new perspective, to shake up traditional ideas about the boundaries between art and life. Among Bozhko’s solo exhibitions are projects in Moscow (Iragui Gallery and Random Gallery) and London (Pushkin House), and among her curatorial works — the exhibition “Play Ground”, which combined the work of contemporary artists and their children.

Andrey Topunov

Andrey Topunov (b. 1953, Moscow) is an artist, mathematician, programmer, graphic designer, a staff member of the Higher School of Landscape Architecture and Design of the Moscow Architectural Institute (MARCHI), a Candidate of Technical Sciences, and a member of the Russian Union of Designers. He is also a graduate of Soviet tertiary institutions including the Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering and the Journalism Faculty at the University of Culture. Topunov creates optical objects and kinetic installations based on mathematical formulas and equations. With the help of computer programs, the artist examines movement in graphics that are traditionally static and two-dimensional. By turning the still image into an interactive one, Topunov visualizes the harmony and beauty of chapter and verse — among his works we recognize known optical illusions and figures: the Necker cube, the Penrose triangle, the Earl of Peterson and Escher’s metamorphosis. Topunov has held two solo exhibitions at the Shchusev Museum of Architecture, and has participated in various projects with the Solyanka State Gallery, and the GROUND and MARCHI exhibition spaces.

Olga & Oleg Tatarintsevy

Oleg Tatarintsev (b. 1966, Baku) and Olga Tatarintseva (b. 1967, Staraya Ushitsa) are artists and graduates of the Lviv Academy of Arts. Since 1993, they have been living and working in Moscow. The Tatarintsevs are leading artists in the Russian scene, who work in the minimalist tradition, and create large-scale installations. Their monochrome paintings are often compared to those of American and European practitioners such Donald Judd, Daniel Buren, Elsworth Kelly and Frank Stella. Their consistent use  of ceramics as a material is an act that challenges stereotypes and preconceptions about contemporary art and what it must (by definition) include/exclude.  The simple forms of objects created by the Tatarinovs are incredibly complex in the way that they perform and are endowed with a multitude of meanings — these qualities allow them to enter into a dialogue with the whole tradition of global  art (from the Russian avant-garde to the latest postminimal sculpture). The artists have held more than ten solo exhibitions and participated in more than sixty group projects in Russia and abroad. Works by the Tatarintsevs are held in the collections of various museums (including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Rappaz Museum in Basel and the Manieli Museum in Vallauris), as well as in private collections.

Anna Vazof

Anna Vazof (b. 1985, Prague) is a film director, architect, artist, a graduate of Thessaly University (Greece) and the Vienna University of Applied Arts, plus a scholarship student of the Austrian foundation Sammlung Lenikus. In graduate school, she is continuing to explore the sphere of transmedia art — a format that is designed to unify different platforms of representation, suggests several “entry points” into history and provoke an audience to collectively interact, rather than passively observe. Vazof’s projects exist in several forms at once: video, sculpture and performance, in which various absurd mechanisms designed by the artist from household items (glasses, a fly swatter, a mouse trap, pumps) are utilised and “come to life.” Since 2004, Vazof’s video art and short films have part of the programs of various thematic festivals. The artist has received numerous grants and awards, including the Kunstlerhaus-Hubert Sielecki Preis (2017) and the ASIFA Austria Award (2014). Currently, the artist is developing innovative techniques for creating critical and narrative videos, actions and installations. Vazof’s portfolio includes solo exhibitions in Athens, Vienna and Moscow ( “Shoes, dominoes and happiness,” Multimedia Art Museum), and she has participated in dozens of group projects — exhibitions of contemporary art, international film and animation festivals, conferences and forums, among them: The Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (2007), the Shanghai Biennale of Design (2014) and the exhibition at the Vienna Museum of Modern Art Mumok (2014).

Alexander Dashevskiy

Alexander Dashevskiy (b. 1980, St. Petersburg) is an artist, curator, and a graduate of the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television and the I. Repin St. Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He was also a winner of the Arte Laguna Prize International Award (2016). Dashevsky explores ways of depicting space after abstraction, capturing the informal architecture of his native city — the neighborhoods around Marshal Zhukov Avenue, Soviet pools, and fragments of interiors of communal apartments. By combining the techniques of non-figurative and figurative painting, the artist creates his own concept of new realism. Dashevsky’s focus is typical gray architecture, cropped according to principles of cinematic reality, impartially captured at the moment of half-life, but perceived as a science fiction prediction. Over the past few years, the artist has been experimenting with the shape of the canvas —  he breaks them up, creating collages from three-dimensional objects of irregular shape.  In search of painting outside the picture, Dashevsky turns the latter into a kind of minimalist sculpture. The artist presents the air conditioners and mailboxes depicted on canvases in rhythmically disappearing structures, anticipating the “picture of the world at the time of its deconstruction.” Dashevskiy has held more than ten solo exhibitions in St. Petersburg between 1999 – 2016 (the Museum of Nonconformist Art, the Anna Nova Gallery , the “Mitka-Vhutemas” Art Center), projects in Cologne (Colourblindgallery, 2011) and Seoul (Keumsan gallery, 2012). He has participated in dozens of group exhibitions in Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Norway. His works are represented in the collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art “Erarta”, the Museum of Nonconformist Art, and the Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, as well as held in private collections in Russia, USA, Germany, England, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, South Korea , Switzerland and Israel.

Playtronica

Playtronica (2013) is a project, in the creation of which a collective of artists participates. The project involves several means of creating works — using their own technologies, the desire to play, improvise and rapid prototyping of ideas. By replacing the familiar controls with everyday things, Playtronica creates a new context and space for interaction, games and communication.

Anya Mokhova

Anya Mokhova (1987, Moscow) is an artist, teacher, and graduate of the Chelsea College of Art and Design with a MA Arts degree in the field of interior and spatial design. She is a teacher and co-curator of the contemporary art course at the British Higher School of Design. The artist’s practice touches upon questions of the theory of sensory and visual perception, and perspective and historical visual technologies. She examines these topics through the creation of sculptural objects, installations and interactive devices, combining traditional and modern materials and techniques.

Victor Polyakov

Victor Polyakov is a young Moscow artist and photographer who became known to the public as a result of his bold dialogue with the art environment. Victor often uses optical effects to transform the surrounding space. With the help of water, mirrors or prisms, the artist assists the viewer to look at commonplace things from a different angle. The complex light in Polyakov’s photographs also invites new interpretations of things that are used in everyday life: the surface of water is transformed into cosmic textures, and the combination of polystyrene, light and additional objects creates a sense of intergalactic space.
Recognition of the artist’s unique style has led to invitations to participate in several significant group exhibitions: the Moscow Biennale of Young Art, the exhibition “Theory of Waves” at the Tretyakov Gallery on Krimskiy Val, the Electro Museum project: “Spirit and Numbers”, and in 2016 the artist had a solo exhibition at Gogol Center.
“Cubed / Uncubed” is the artist’s third work of this kind, which continues to develop the genre of public art. Prior to this, Polyakov installed his kinetic sculpture “EXODUS” in the courtyard of the Tretyakov Gallery on Krimskiy Val, and his interactive object “Infinity” was exhibited on Tverskaya Street as part of the annual Moscow City Day celebrations in 2016.

Episodes

FIRST EPISODE 

Cubed / Uncubed

An interactive urban sculpture by Victor Polyakov

August 16 – October 15, 2017

City Square

 

One of the first works produced as part of Lexus Hybrid Art that adheres to the concept of hidden art is the work produced by young Russian artist Victor Polyakov. His public-art sculpture is a cube with faces delineated by polygonal shapes, and another object is hidden inside. In accordance with the idea of hidden art, by touching the surface of “Cubed/Uncubed” the object can be “awoken” — it becomes completely transparent, and only then reveals the “object hidden inside the object” to the viewer.

The object, enclosed inside the sculpture, is inspired by the art of origami. The aesthetics of origami — the Japanese art of folding various figures from paper — is close to the skillful manual work of Takumi, the Japanese masters, whose standards and rules are taken as a founding principle in the creation of Lexus cars.

THIRD EPISODE 

“Art That Pretends”.

A public talk with Andrey Bartenev

October 13, 20:00. Lexus Dome

Is there a clear division between art and the environment or is it a convention? What can a modern artist say to an unprepared viewer outside a museum or gallery space? Why are commercial and entertainment facilities: stadiums, shopping centers, train stations, and so on actually modern art? The talk will follow an interview format, chaired by the Solyanka Gallery director and the curator of Lexus Hybrid Art 2017, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich. Bartenev will discuss his perspective on the aforementioned topics, then he will answer the guests’ questions.

To participate in the public talk you need:

  • Fill in a simple registration form by writing your name, surname, and email to receive an e-ticket
  • Show your ticket printed or on your mobile device at the entrance. Each ticket is valid for one person.

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History of project Lexus Hybrid art

EXHIBITION OF THE ART OF THE FUTURE

Being launched in April 2010 Lexus Hybrid Art exhibition was held in the Art Center “Vetoshny”. For the first time in Moscow hybrid art saw more than 6,500 people. Special program “Battle of Ideas” brought together about 1,500 participants: lectures, workshops and discussions were held, the main theme of which was the impact of new technologies on art and life in general.

THE FUTURE IS NOW

Hybrid art at Red October factory, kilometers of tape and Lexus Ideas Institute: a series of workshops and public talks with the artists participating in the project.

A SYNERGY OF ART AND TECHNOLOGIES

Lexus Hybrid Art featured three seasons of events, including a series of public lectures by the best minds in the hybrid world, a set of grants for Russian artists working at the crossroads of art and science, and, finally, an exhibition of hybrid art – a revue of the best synergetic works from across the world, works that stunningly combine futurism, technology and simplicity.

ART THAT MOVES

In 2013 Lexus Hybrid Art was dedicated to everything that is not static: both factually and conceptually. In the forefront there were all forms of movement, change and transformation: not only as part of a separate art object but in art as a whole as well.

METAMORPHOSIS

Lexus Hybrid Art was marking its fifth anniversary with an exhibition at VDNKH. A collective fantasy of the future, expressed in ten original tales, was brought to life by means of modern technologies in the historic interiors of the Optika Pavilion.

CREATING FEELINGS

Episode VI Lexus Hybrid Art was the first experience of dialogue between the two current formats: Promenade theater and interactive exhibitions of contemporary art. Following the «Creating Feelings» concept of the season, the curator Bernardo Mosqueira (Brazil) collected kinetic installations, videos and performances by leading contemporary artists from all over the world inside a giant labyrinth.

ANTICIPATION. ASSEMBLING THE FUTURE

Over these six years the exhibition has turned into one of the most remarkable art events in Russia, in which over 70 artists have taken part — from rising stars to key figures of the contemporary art. For the first time in its 7-year history, Russia’s main arena for hybrid art was moving to St Petersburg — Russia’s cultural centre — which represented an altered approach to this kind of exhibition, and aims to present a major, collective experiment in assembling the future.