Global Art Lab's International Festival of Public Art
Festival Participants and Project Descriptions
Stas Bags | Ludmila Belova | Petr Belyi | Cascoland | Jason Eppink
Alexandra Gart | Maria Godovannaya | International Theatre Centre Light People | Alexander Morozov | Art Group Pprofessors | Vitaly Pushnitsky
Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai | Peter Shvetsov | Art Group Y
Project: Too Pompous for Cactii
St. Petersburg is like an open-air museum. The city abounds in street sculptures, not just with magnificent monuments but also with smaller statuettes depicting historical events or characters, like the tiny sculpture of Chizhik-Pyzhik from Gogol’s The Nose. Usually, these small sculptures aren’t in plain view, but their fame attracts curious onlookers to seek them out. “Too Pompous for Cactii” consists of several small sculptures, each with their own mythology, which will be placed discreetly around the festival area, asking viewers to seek them out like treasure-hunters.
Stas Bags is a young St. Petersburg artist and a former member of the art group Milk&Vodka. His work has been exhibited in group shows in Germany, France and Russia, as well as art fairs in Basel, Madrid, Hong Kong and Seoul. Bags participated in the first and second Moscow Biennial for Young Artists, and was nominated for the Kandinsky Prize in 2009. His solo shows, Severstal (2011) and Collapse (2012) were shown at Anna Nova Gallery. Severstal made the short list for the Sergey Kuryokhin Award.
Project: Forced Perspectives
One part of a triptych of the same name, this video series places the viewer in situations where he and his perception become prisoners of circumstance. The projection is seen from the perspective of a baby being taken for a walk in its carriage along Liteiny Prospect. The artist asks the audience to question its views and relationships to the world and to its sense of passing time.
Ludmila Belova was born in Kamchatka and currently lives and works in St. Petersburg. Since 1991 she has been a member of the Union of Russian Artists. Recent solo shows include “There, behind the clouds” at the National Centre of Contemporary Arts (St. Petersburg, 2010), “Near.Far” at AL Gallery (St. Petersburg, 2010) and “Vernissage” at Lyuda Gallery (St. Petersburg, 2009).
City infrastructure often resembles organic forms, as if purposely mimicking the natural world. Wires hang like vines, hoses loop like sleeping snakes, cables grow from out of the soil. The boundary between the animate and inanimate is very different inside the city than outside of it. The need to see and recognize organic forms is ingrained within us. For this project, the artist searches for and isolates organic forms in the urban environment, using graffiti and installations to create new meanings and stories from regular aspects of the urban environment.
Born in 1971 in Leningrad, Petr Belyi graduated in 1989 from the Secondary Art School of the Academy of Arts, and studied ceramics at Mukhina Academy of Art and Design from 1990 to 1992. He lived in London from 1995 to 2001 and graduated from Camberwell College in 2000 with a Masters in Printmaking. He lives and works in St Petersburg, Russia, working in printmaking, sculpture and installation. He teaches at the Smolny College in St Petersburg and is a member of the Russian Union of Artists and the Royal Society of Printmakers.
Project: Mobile Plant Sanatorium
Working with local residents, Cascoland will construct a mobile plant sanatorium. Residents will be able to leave their house plants inside the sanatorium during vacations, and senior citizens who don’t leave the city can take care of them during that time. Moving from place to place, the Sanatorium beautifies city streets and provides employment opportunities. The Sanatorium will encourage collective cooperation and meetings between artists and residents.
The project aims to raise awareness about the health benefits of keeping air-purifying plants in homes, offices and schools. According to NASA, certain indoor plants can absorb formaldehyde, gasoline and trichloroethylene. These plants will be on display in the Mobile Plant Sanatorium and their health benefits will be presented to visitors of Art Prospect.
Cascoland is an international network of artists, architects, designers and performers sharing a fascination for interdisciplinary interventions in public space, promoting mobilization, participation and networking through artistic exchange and collaboration. Projects are initiated by Fiona de Bell and Roel Schoenmakers and executed with multi-disciplinary teams of artists and designers.
Cascoland activates public space through artistic interventions, construction of architectural structures/objects, the use of performance and new media, and most essential, audience participation. Their projects/artwork can be seen as tools to be used by participants and audiences rather than artworks to be exhibited. The aim is to change and challenge perceptions, empower individuals and communities and create awareness, not only with audiences and residents, but also with planners, designers, organizations and authorities.
Master Class: Solar Projectors
During the workshop, participants will make a solar-powered slide projector that charges during the day and projects at night. The workshop will emphasize site specificity, starting with a nighttime brainstorm walk to explore how we can create a "garden of light". Emphasizing urban gardening and environmental sustainability, participants will create an image by hand or computer, assemble their own projector, and "plant" it outdoors. The projectors are made entirely from off-the-shelf hardware - slide projector lenses, PVC pipe, and solar-powered floodlights - and can last for years.
Jason Eppink engages in public space alchemy, open source scheming, moving image mischief, photon reappropriation, and linguistic subterfuge. When he’s not doing that, Eppink creates interactive experiences, curates events and exhibitions, and throws raging art parties as the Associate Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. When he’s not doing that, Eppink corrupts young minds as an adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches students how to make animated GIFs and video games under the auspices of art.
Project: After the Rain
After the Rain is an installation of metal sculptures fashioned from reinforcement steel and corrugated roof metal. Using discarded junk material which can be found littered in any wood patch near St. Petersburg, Gart reuses trash to highlight the beauty of nature, choosing the mushroom poganki, as her model, a common (but poisonous!) mushroom found in the forests, lawns and streets of Russia.
Alexandra Gart was born in Leningrad in 1988. She graduated in 2010 from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia with a degree in graphic arts. In 2010-2011 she trained at the St. Petersburg Printed Studios. Gart works as an administrator, curator of exhibitions and educational programming and technical consultant at printmaking studio Graphic Cabinet. Her work can be found in many collections in Russia, Italy and the Netherlands.
Video Performance: Escaping the Horizon
Using multiple mobile projectors and speakers, the urban environment of Liteiny Prospect will be embedded with foreign visuals- fields, lakes, blooming gardens, the bayside. Filmed on discontinued Soviet film cameras and hand-processed, the projected horizons twitch in front of the audience, reminding them of that long lost phenomenon of natural boundaries. Participants in the performance will have a mini-projector and portable speakers attached to themselves, loaded with looped film. The participants will be free to wander around Liteiny Prospect as the wearers of the films, and can project the images onto surfaces of their choosing, be they walls, sidewalks, or trees.
Maria Godovannaya has an MA in Film and Video from Bard College (New York, 2011). Her numerous experimental films have been exhibited in the London Film Festival, Collectif Jeune Cinema (Paris), Glaway Film Festival (Ireland), Evolution Film Festival (Lumen, England) Center Georges Pompidou (Paris), International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany) and many others. As an independent film curator she has organized special screenings for Anthology Film Archives (New York), Independent Film Show (Naples, Italy), Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (San Paolo, Brazil), Avanto Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland) and the Moscow International Film Festival.
International Theatre Centre “Light People”
Performance: Garden of Forking Paths
“In all ages the garden has been an idealized image of nature and the universe. Orderly nature is first of all the nature which can be read like the Bible, a book, or a library”
This performance explores the various “readings” of an urban space and its hidden images, and the many ways the same event can develop in these spaces depending on the paths people choose. One could roam in a garden, stroll the winding trails, even try to get out, but... whether you are moving or just standing still, you will always end up where you are and any other outcome is very unlikely. Life paths, the trail of a thought, fate lines, all of these happen to us every day, every second. These trails are captured by time in the urban environment.
Creative Team: Actors and Directors: Tatiana Priyatkina, Ksenia Petrenko, Anna Budanova, students of the International Theater Centre Light People
Project: Liteiny Prospect Herbarium
In our courtyards, plants live side by side with us, growing through the street curbs and sidewalks, and often directly on walls and in homes. Urban flora constantly mutate and change, replacing former plants. These changes are often local, and can be connected with our way of life. For this project, Mozorov will create an herbarium to observe, investigate and save the local plants growing around Liteiny Prospect. The project consists of several stages; collecting plants for the herbarium with local residents; organizing and analyzing the plants and other found objects with description labels; displaying the collected herbarium in courtyards on special booths; stenciling the found plants on building walls.
Alexander Morozov was born in Luhansk, Ukraine and lives and works in St.Petersburg and Moscow. He graduated from the Ilya Repin St.Petersburg State Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 2002. From 1999-2000 he studied at Pro Arte Institute in the program “Practicum. New Technology in Contemporary Art.” Recent shows include solo exhibition Dangling at Skorokhod Space in St. Petersburg, 2013; Factum at New Holland, St. Petersburg, 2012; and The Human Factor, with Alexander Artemov at Algallery, St. Petersburg, 2012.
Art Group Pprofessors (Andrei Lyublinsky & Masha Zaborovskaya)
Avocado is an object made of cubic, mobile letters. The size, color and light depend on the environmental situation, capable both of mimicking and dominating the space it takes up. The objects are angular, attaching to the corners of houses or buildings. Putting an “avocado” on the streets of St. Petersburg transcends reality with the concept of a warm climate and vibrant vegetation. The soft, juicy, smooth fruit is replaced by the rigid, linear letters that represent the fruit, adding an absurd and comical angle to the object when seen by onlookers from Liteiny Prospect.
The Pprofessors Group, formed in 2002, is an artistic collaboration between Masha Zaborovskaya and Andrei Lublinsky. The artists met while studying at the faculty of design of the St Petersburg State Stieglitz Arts and Industry Academy. Both Zaborovskya and Lublinsky were and continue to be successful artists in their own right, with personal exhibitions of their works on display throughout Russia and Eastern Europe. The collaborative works of the Pprofessors Group has been exhibited at galleries and institutions across Europe, Russia and the US. Their recent project Red People, a collection of larger-than-life block sculptures of human forms, was a public art project in Moscow in 2010.
Project: Night Umbrella
The installation takes a sculpture made of light and attaches it to the top of a tree, creating a blend of functionality and beauty. The light is constantly blocked and shifted by the movement of branches and leaves, causing a play of shadows on the tree and its surrounding area. The project enhances areas of gardens that are poorly lit, and offers an environmental solution to adding luminosity to gardens and parks.
Vitaly Pushnitsky was born in 1967 in Leningrad. From 1988-1994 he was a student at the Artist Academy in the Graphic Department. He has been a member of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists since 1994. Pushnitsky lives in St. Petersburg, creating works in various mediums, including painting, installation, graphic arts and sculptures. His work is part of many Russian collections, including the State Russian Museum, The National Center for Contemporary Art and the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. Recent solo exhibitions include True Blue is Never Stained, Frants Gallery Space (NY) 2011; Data Birth, Sputnik Gallery (NY) 2010; Exit, Marina Gisich Gallery (St. Petersburg) 2010; The Scope of Feeling, TK Galleria D’Art (Barcelona) 2010.
In this particular project the "corner" plays part of a physical as well as emotional axis to which the images of people in various poses are attached. It looks as if the figures are in different dimensions, but for a viewer who is passing by, the plywood cutouts of the silhouettes are all linked into the plot. The theme of the project is the tactile contact of strangers in an urban environment.
Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography and has been a member of the Russian Union of Artists since 1998. Shishkin-Hokusai works as a theatre artist, and creates paintings, installations, and performances. Since 2010 he has been a participant in the art group at Parazit Gallery and was nominated for the Kandinsky Prize for Project of the Year in 2011. Shishkin-Hokusai's successful career as a theater artist has left its mark on his graphical works and objects. His ink drawings are cut out and positioned on plywood and wire frames to resemble an action mid-scene, which the viewer can walk around and observe from many angles.
Project: Guns and Roses
In the piece Guns and Roses, the artist interprets the history of Liteiny Prospect and the imperial ambitions during the traditional baroque system. Weapons intertwine with garlands of roses in a black and white painting made on tiles and placed on the side of a building.
The name Liteiny [foundry in English] is one of the oldest in St. Petersburg, officially established in 1738 and associated since 1711 with the construction of the cannon factory build on the left side of the Neva River. Next to the factory yard were two settlements, Liteiny and Pusharsky. A wide avenue was constructed across the meadow to deliver mail from the southern part of the city to Big Prospect (now Nevsky Prospect), and named after the nearby foundry as Liteiny Prospect. In the 1870s the Arsenal was built not far from the foundry by the architect V.E. Bazhenov. Liteiny Prospect was turned into a small village of wooden houses for foundry and arsenal workers.
Petr Shvetsov was born in Leningrad in 1970, and joined the Russian Union of Artists in 1992. The artist lives and works in St. Petersburg. His work can be seen in the Russian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Russian National Library, the British Library (London), the Berlin Public Library, the New York Public Library, the Institute of Contemporary Russian Culture (Los Angeles) and other private and public collections.
Art Group “Y”
Project: Green Armchair
Green Armchair is a living sculpture, a flowerbed-object filled with earth and planted with grids of flowers. The sculpture beautifies its surroundings on Liteiny Prospect, giving viewers of all ages a breath of fresh air.
Art Group “Y” is a collaboration between two talented artist-flowerbedders, LILO and FEDORa, who paired up in 2012 as an art group at Parazit Gallery. Their work is mainly exhibited between Borey Gallery and Parazit Gallery in St. Petersburg, sometimes expanding to public venues. With an emphasis on new technology, the group works in many genres, including graffiti, sculptures, events, performances, installations, photography, and video art.
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