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EAST MEETS WEST GALLERY is proud to present “The Endless Road to… Part I”, a group art exhibition
dedicated to the VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which will run from October 8 till November 15, 2015
at The All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Arts.

The Graphic works by Natalia Zarovnaya and sculptures by Vladimir Peldyakov will be shown at The Carriage Gallery of The Museum.
The second part of the exhibit will be displayed outside in the Museum Park and includes installations and sculptures by Alexey Dyakov, Olga Khan and Andrei Mitenev. Alexey Dyakov will present his new installation “The Limit of Potential” (2015), dedicated especially to the Biennale, and Andrei Mitenev and Olga Khan will show their project “Decomposed Piano” (2013-2015).

Natalia Zarovnaya. Series of works “Transformers”, Paper ¹4, 2015. Etching on tracing, 87õ63   Natalia Zarovnaya. Series of works “Transformers”, Paper ¹5, 2015. Etching on tracing, 73õ87   Natalia Zarovnaya. Series of works “Transformers”, Paper ¹3, 2015. Etching on tracing, 96õ625

Natalia Zarovnaya – is a bright representative of “geometric” abstraction of the late XX – early XXI century. “Staying on the traditional grounds and using the traditional material – etching, Zarovnaya stays solid with the Modernist paradigm by using her traditional sources to promote new radical problems put forward by classical avant-garde movement.” B. Mamonov


Her works “Point”, “Terminal. Antwerp”, “New Province” or “The Garages, Depot” are attributed to the subject of Architecture, which the artist has been dealing with for a long time.
But Architecture to her is rather a symbolic sign, “a form of utopian consciousness” than a simple object of Art. Dynamics and rhythm of her works, its plastic structure and composition based on the lattice, allows us to search and find the formal origins of her work in the Russian Constructivism and philosophical ideas of Kazimir Malevich’ Suprematism. By creating signs, images of material life she rises from the material to the spiritual, and up to the higher unconscious. “I understand abstraction as an opportunity to change the focus of view, to get inside the structure of an object or phenomenon.” N. Zarovnaya
This is especially true to her new series of works “TheTransformers”, 2015. Using the philosophy and the technical capabilities of the etching, the artist individualizes each work, working with different types of paper, creating an internal volume of constructions double and triple overlayed sheets, using the mixed technique of etching, the collage, giving every new product its unique stylistic features.

Vladimir Peldyakov. Onward, 2014. Wood, 65õ25õ23

Natalia Zarovnaya. Series of works “New Province”, Paper ¹2, 2014. Mixed media, 83õ97  

Vladimir Peldyakov. Horizontal Structure, 2014. Wood, rope, metal mesh, 75õ50õ12


Vladimir Peldyakov’s works can be regarded more as sketches or small plastic finished models for the future monumental sculptures which are not yet done. The dimensions of works and the simplicity of the materials selected by the author (wood, rope, metal mesh) formalize the process of their creation.

In Alexey Dyakov’s installation “The Limit of Potential” contains three wooden vertical barrels, symbolizing the life of three friends. They try to climb up on the road to excellence and self-expression, but two of them “burn out” before reaching the top. Only one of them, capable of spiritual and physical victory, reaches his dreams and begins to emit light, illuminating the road to those who follow after him.

Alexey Dyakov. The Limit of Potential, 2015. Mixed media, wood, acrylic, metal, light, 270õ170õ100    

Olga Khan and Andrey Mitenev. Series of works “Decomposed piano”, Piano, 2015. Piano, mixed media, wood, assemblage, 200õ160

The idea of Andrei Mitenev and Olga Khan’s project “Decomposed Piano” dates back to 2013 According to the artists, on one hand they had wanted to create a new sculpture from the debris of a piano that had been broken into parts. And on the other, they were also greatly influenced by their passion for experimental new music, especially avant-garde compositions by John Cage and his Russian followers.

The first work in this series “The Piano” is the one that most resembles a sculpture in the traditional meaning of the word. Many contemporary artists at present feel themselves followers to Marcel Duchamp and thus call their works “objects” or installations; they are afraid to call it sculpture, which is nowadays considered to be backward and anachronistic. And the artists would have all rights to consider their piece (reconstructed from dismantled parts of a piano) a direct “heir” of Duchamp’s Dada ideas. But the figure of a pianist intoxicated by music, with his huge symbolic hands extending to the deck, create a solid sculptural composition – a symbol of the unity of a musician with his instrument.
Andrei and Olga achieve even more symbolism and abstraction in their joint work “Trio-1” and “Trio 2”. Structural elements in both sculptures are the same as in their first work, but vertical and horizontal architectural factors as well as the color palette clearly reveal the avant-garde legacy of their works.

Olga Khan and Andrey Mitenev. Series of works “Decomposed piano”, Trio – 2, 2015. Piano, mixed media, wood, assemblage, 200õ60

“EAST MEETS WEST GALLERY” and VMDPNI are pleased to invite you to a joint opening party of the exhibit “The Endless Road to… Part I” on Thursday, October 8 at 18:00 at the Museum.
The exhibit will run from 8 October to 15 November 2015 at the Carriage Hall and the Museum Park

Curator of the exhibition Tatiana Paleeva
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E-mail: paleeva@emwgallery.com

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