Since November 2013 Gallery 21, one of the few Russian cultural institutions supporting young Russian artists, pushes activity boundaries and takes a step toward an equilateral dialogue between Russian and foreign authors. Starting this season the exhibition projects of the gallery will include both the works of Russian authors as well as the exposition of artists from Europe and the USA. Complementing the strategically important directions of its activity, the target of Gallery 21 geared toward the creation of social and cultural relations, assistance the exchange of experiences between artists and supporting them.
Gallery 21 is pleased to announce the exhibition Lightplay, organized by American curator Kate Greenberg, who recently returned to New York after spending the last year living and working in Moscow.
The exhibition features artworks by four contemporary American artists — Lorne Blythe, Dillon DeWaters, Pierre Le Hors, and Erin O’Keefe — all based in New York City and four artists from Moscow-Stas Shuripa, Anya Titova, Sergey Ogurtsov, Julia Ivashkina. All of whom look to address the ideas of perception, ambiguity, and abstraction by creating objects and images in which sometimes only the camera is able to reveal things that the human eye cannot perceive on its own.
The exhibition takes its name from the 1930 film by the Hungarian modernist, László Moholy-Nagy, Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiss-Grau or Lightplay Black-White-Gray. The film’s subject is Moholy-Nagy’s own kinetic sculpture the Light-Space Modulator. In an attempt to visualize and record the exchanges of light and shadow Moholy-Nagy pushes the boundaries of perception and makes new demands on the eye.He goes on to explain how „the eye together with our intellectual experience” is able to turn „optical phenomena” into a „conceptual image.” Thus, as Moholy-Nagy puts it, the photographic camera is „the most reliable aid to a beginning of objective vision. Moholy-Nagy’s influence is present within the works shown in Lightplay, as each of the artists attempt to expand and experiment with the notion of perception in the modern-day environment.
Erin O’Keefe’s work is concerned with spatial perception. Pierre Le Hors’ practice is connected with the ideas of repetition and abstraction. Dillon DeWaters creates images influenced by film and science fiction that are metaphysical, colorful and highly elaborate. Lorne Blythe’s photographs often focus on familiar everyday objects—plexiglass, dice, mirrors, razors, and balls. The second part of the show consists of the objects by Russian artists that are logically and conceptually keep the overall exposition „Light Play” show.