4 – 30 september 2009

Alexey Klyuykov & Vasil Artamonov: Symmetric response

Alexey Klyuykov and Vasil Artamonov are russian artists living in Prague. They realize multi-component installations, mixing various media, combining sculpture, painting, object and photography.

Constructions created by them often become geometrical variation, they arise on the basis of everyday belongings, as an effect of their fragmentation and physical disintegration. Klyuykov and Artamonov deconstruct ordinary objects as furniture, stretcher bars or floor boards to build new forms of them. Relation between whole and fragment is the keynote of their many realizations, new organization of space and object becomes something possible and physically real. Geometrical, minimalist spatial forms, installations composed of straight lines or abstract graffiti on railway cars induce to seeking for distant relation with abstractionism, and specially with Russian Avant-garde (probably no by chance one of the Russian duet’s action was one-hour seance of calling up the spirit of Kazimierz Malewicz). This is for sure relation marked with distance and perverse humor.

The significant example is an installation M. Bakunin, F. Engels, S. Freud, P. Kropotkin, K. Marx, P. Mondrian, S. Zizek, composed of devil’s masks cut out wooden boards. Looking more carefully it appears that horned shapes are indeed contours of male beards. Placed on the floor or leant on a wall masks intertwine one another creating an image of intellectual exchange between social philosophy and art in XX century.

Yet political themes appear extremely discreetly in artists’ realizations, by overlapping layers or dispersing various elements they use the strategy of mixing tracks, of masking meanings.

Minimalist installations require of spectator attentive look and give satisfaction of solving mysteries – in Alexey and Vasil’s work dominate non obviousness and decentralization. Mixed means are accompanied by mixture of themes, ironic social critique in modern style interweaves with personal reminiscences, everyday life clashes with History.

This freedom – because creativity of Klyuykov and Artamonov is an image of released thought – results in a sense from the method of work. Precisely constructed installations are in a high degree improvised. Taking the formal point of departure and keeping in hands initial plan of action, artists give the shape to an exhibition during a montage. If physical work converges here with intellectual effort, we get in effect thought-out set of objects/signs to an open interpretation.

Zuzanna Hadryś
Michał Lasota

  • Alexey Klyuykov & Vasil Artamonov / Symmetric response
  • Alexey Klyuykov & Vasil Artamonov / Symmetric response
  • Alexey Klyuykov & Vasil Artamonov / Symmetric response
  • Alexey Klyuykov & Vasil Artamonov / Symmetric response