Vitaly Barabanov: Plastic Cultura
13.04 – 30.04.2017
In his previous project Vitaly Barabanov used the canvas to document his relationship with nature. The Plastic Cultura project is the next stage of this relationship.
Initially looking at the traditional sculpture in a critical way, Barabanov develops the idea of a living work of art. His aim is to create a project about the three components which are essential for any kind of life – water, light, and warmth. The exhibition will include living sculptures – the plants that the artist has grown during the year. Having received a traditional art education, Vitaly is striving to create a comfort zone for the plants and viewers alike and so conscientiously goes in the opposite direction. Painting in this project is like a path of water going through the pigments of three basic colours which leaves marks on the textiles. The result is living works of art – abstractions. Barabanov unfurls the process, showing the effects of nature through performative action which can be compared with a religious rite where he doesn’t affect the result. Together with the living plants there are also dead ones that died as a result of insufficient care and became something like monuments. Filled with plaster like sarcophagi they make visible the dependence on relationships, showing us what we don’t see - the beauty on the brink of death.
Curator: Ayana Chigzhit