April 9- May 7, 2003
Multiples presents three generations of Russian conceptual artists. Generation gaps notwithstanding, the work of Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Irina Danilova and Yevgeniy Fiks clearly displays the same unapologetic subjectivity, and subtle yet profound irony so characteristic of Russian conceptual art.
Vagrich Bakhchanyan belongs to a generation of Russian artists that pioneered Sots Art in the 1960s, an underground art movement in the Soviet Union that aimed to deconstruct official Soviet art by parody. In the 1970s, Sots Art had an immense influence on the emerging Russian conceptual art movement. After Mr. Bakhchanyan had taken residence in New York in 1974, the artist's practice has gradually shifted toward a more universal yet still highly conceptual approach, which is often serial and performance oriented. In this exhibit, Mr. Bakhchanyan is represented by an excerpt from Daily Exhibition of a Single Work, a series of works on paper the artist has been making daily since July 28th, 1993.
Irina Danilova is a New York based conceptual artist whose work reveals traces of absurdity characteristic of Moscow art. Having started exhibiting in Moscow in the late 1980s, Ms. Danilova moved to New York in 1994, a city that has given her many new occasions for intellectual reflection. Since 1995, she has been working on Project 59, a series of installations, performances, video, and web-art pieces in which she methodically discovers the number 59 in groups of objects, historical documents, works of art, etc. Both Vagrich Bakhchanyan and Irina Danilova work with the elusive idea of a "time" or "life time", in an attempt to depict it in a different manner: literally, indicating day by day (Mr. Bakhchanyan) and relatively, creating analogical models (Ms. Danilova).
Yevgeniy Fiks has been participating in the art world since the mid 1990s, after coming to New York in 1994. A traditional painter by training, Mr. Fiks also works in digital media, making witty observations on the current state of data visualization and graphical user interface. His Floppy Paintings are mediations on the physical and the digital domains. Using oil paint, the artist depicts the computer icons of Microsoft Word documents directly on the surfaces of floppy disks, as if they were physical objects lying on a tabletop. Floppy disks become surfaces for painterly mediation between the physical and the virtual.
Visual Diary, July 28, 2001 - July 27, 2002...
mixed media, 2002
Life is Short
markers on paper 2000
Before Getting Digital ...
film, thread, 2003
Floppy Paintings ...
oil on floppy disks, 2002 - 2003