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Exhibitions
June 27 – July 16, 2017

Group exhibition III II I (three two one)

June 27  July 16, 2017 

Y Gallery of Contemporary Art

III II I (three two one)

group exhibition

Tamara Sokolova, Anna Sokolova, Oleg Yushko

Exhibition Opening: June 27, 7 pm

The exhibition III II I (three two one) turns reduction of the pictorial into the principle that guides the search for a new artistic language. Conscious discarding of anything superfluous, rejection of narrative, and analytical approach to the media used are what unite the participating artists. The title itself, III II I (three two one) — a sequence leading to zero — conveys a countdown that describes the trajectory towards artistic concentration, towards a new beginning. Together, the artists developed a set of common principles which have become key to organising the exhibition space. These are the interplay with the gallery architecture, the embrace of empty space as an equally important expositional element, a thought-through scheme of placing the works in relation to each other.

The exhibition is built around the work by Tamara Sokolova, “Countdown”. At the centre of the installation is an L-shaped architectural construction. Lying on top of it, one after another, in an orderly fashion are elongated rectangular objects made of wood, metal, and ceramic. Their proportions, size, and the logic behind their placement form a special system which can make a minimalist abstract shape seem like a universal sign and assign it a new meaning. The rhythm created by the artist makes the three-dimensional objects lose their spatial characteristics (height, width, etc.) and turns them into abstract line segments. Their discrete similarities transpose them from a spatial perceptual category into the temporal. These line segments, the units which make up “Countdown” are the elementary particles that constitute the Material for Tamara Sokolova.

Motion and motionlessness coexist in Anna Sokolova’s video projection “Static”. An eleven-meter-long gallery wall is used as a screen transmitting the ‘noise’ of pixels moving across its surface. Tiny parts that are reminiscent of tele-snow move and then halt, creating two impressions: that of a completely flat and abstract freeze frame of a television screen or that of an actual landscape with depth, which appears as soon as the pixels start moving. The word ‘static’ was chosen as a work title because it likewise has a double meaning: it is the physical state of immobility and absence of change, as well as ‘white noise’ — the arbitrary flickering pixel pattern which appears onscreen whenever there is no signal. The video “Static” is a transition from stasis to motion, from real to abstract, from abstract to possible, from possible to probable. The emergence of depth as a result of movement, synthesis between the real architectural space and the virtual space of a video image are the centre of artistic focus of Anna Sokolova.

Deeper into the exhibition, one finds Oleg Yushko’s light object “Terminator of Confidence Probability”. At first glance, it may seem that the pile of wooden planks over which white paint had been poured is nothing more than haphazardly thrown construction leftovers. But then one will notice that the patch of paint changes its colour and brightness as the accidental contours of spilt varnish are being carefully reproduced by a video projection aimed at it from above. Whether the white spot is a complexly structured screen for the video projection or whether the video projection has been created to illuminate the spot is up to the viewer to decide. In this work, chance and determination are inseparable. Oleg Yushko is exploring the boundaries of art. This work is a study of the delicate difference between artistic purpose and the accumulation of external circumstances. “Terminator of Confidence Probability” can be seen as a search for the line which divides art and not-art.