Starting from April 6th as a part of the XI international festival “Photobiennale 2016” a new solo exhibition by Vladimir Glynin Gravity opens at RuArts gallery with the support of Rehab Life and Champagne house Ruinart.
Vladimir Glynin is focused on several topics which he works with over the last years: relationship between people, visible and imaginary, innocence and vulnerability as a dualism of our world. The artist compares these concepts by examining each of them.
The main characters of Glynin’s project are traditionally ballet dancers. First of all they demonstrate the potential of body plasticity, how it may be subservient and expressive in contest of the task. Сontrasting to the works of Yves Klein, the founder of anthropometrical painting by using human bodies, Glynin‘s images have the tense pattern of a dance.
Despite the fact that Glynin works with color photography, contrast of black and white dominates in his pictures. The absence of half-tones gives the image sharpness and even rigidity; the expression is achieved through a “pastose” physicality often impersonal.
In addition to photography series Gravity includes non-traditional for Glynin canvases, which weren’t originally intended for exhibiting. They were used as canvases on which the shooting process occurred. In the exhibition they are presented as an artistic artifact, a self-contained document of creative process.
The exhibition also includes works from the series Cubes in which Glynin used the multiple exposure technique. Taking pictures of real things, such as architecture or object, and transforming them using multiple exposure without digital processing, the artist achieves their loss of function. So Glynin creates his own reality from the visual “fragments” of the present.
The main idea of the project is in the method of combining two cropped separate images that create the illusion of a single form.
Two different forms make a third while remaining self-sufficient and independent. Glynin’s technical experiment in photography refers to global ideas – from human relationship to the basics of genetic engineering. That is why for Glynin all objects, figurative or abstract, are equal in this meaning.
Vladimir Glynin has started his career as a photographer in 1995 while working as a dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre. Later on Vladimir started cooperating with magazines such as L'Officiel, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, In Style, Mercury, Icons, GQ etc.
At the peak of his career as a fashion photographer Glynin steps aside from fashion industry and devoted himself to art. Followed by comprehension of the avant-garde heritage (the project “Re-constructivism”), Vladimir concentrated on working with abstraction. Creating his abstract photography Vladimir often uses multiple exposure technique that beholders take as a digital effect.
His works have been exhibited in London, Zurich and Moscow (Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts).
Vladimir Glynin is a member of the Russian Union of Artists. He has been awarded the Silver Wreath (2003, Best Young Photographer nomination) and the Astra award (2006, Photographer of the Year nomination). Vladimir is an author of two books: “Vladimir Spivakov. All About Music” and “Re-constructivism”.
Ends June 12th 2016
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VITA BUIVID MY LOVE IS NOT A WISP OF SMOKE
Apr 27 - Jun 12, 2016
April 27—June 12, 2016
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
17 Ermolayevsky Pereulok
Curator: Sergey Popov
Moscow Museum of Modern Art and RuArts Foundation present the first retrospective show of Vita Buivid, who works with photography, painting and collage. The exhibition occupying four floors of MMOMA in Ermolayevsky Pereulok brings together the artist’s projects made from the early 1990s until the present.
The exhibition features the series How I Spent My Summer, for which the artist was nominated for Kandinsky Prize in 2009, as well as Peonymania, Love Me Like I Love You, Inquisition, Nevsky Prospect, Men in a Bath, Prime Time, Fells of the Bobrov Family, For Comfort, Artek among other works.
Although she has worked in New York and Paris, Vita Buivid’s art has largely been shaped by Moscow and Saint Petersburg, between which she has been based since 1998. Sometimes blending the images and aesthetics of the two cities to create paradoxical combinations, Buivid also has entire series inspired by the atmosphere of each. Saint Petersburg works emanate coldness and alienation of the city’s classical style and the post-Soviet bohemian vibe, while the vibrant Moscow series are conceptual studies of glitz and kitsch.
Pushing the boundaries of photo based art, Vita Buivid aestheticizes casual photography, exploring the content encoded in the form and accessible on different levels of perception. Each of her series presents a social and cultural narrative, exploring various aspects of bohemian life, family conflicts, personal experiences—part of the artist’s ongoing investigation of life that converts emotional experiences into existential ones. Despite being sometimes characterized as feminist, Buivid’s art can hardly be limited to this category. Nevertheless, the collision of the male and female perspectives—be it ironic or dramatic— is one of the key elements of her art. Buivid’s recent projects also offer a reflection on our time, reacting to various historical and political events. Over 30 works included in the show present an in-depth analysis of what it means to be human.
About the artist
Vita Buivid was born in Dnepropetrovsk and has been working in photography since the late 1980s. In 1994, the artist received a grant from the Circ Bureau of Russian Culture in Amsterdam to work on a project exploring the influence of Dutch art on Russian culture. With a grant from the Rutgers University she went to New York City to work in fashion photography. Having returned to Russia, she continued working for fashion magazines. In 2000, she worked in Paris on the project Paris. Red at the invitation of the Paris City Hall.
Selected solo exhibitions
1994 – De Moor photo center, Amsterdam
1997 – Men in a Bath. Gallery 21, St-Petersburg
2008 – How I Spent My Summer. ARTStrelka-projects Gallery, Moscow
2006 – Paris. Red. Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
2009 – Vita Aperte. RuArts Gallery, Moscow
2013 – Pionomania. RuArts Gallery, Moscow
2014 – For Comfort. RuArts Gallery, Moscow
Selected group exhibitions
1996 – Russian Photographers: Renewal and Metamorphoses from the End of the Soviet Era to the 1990s. MIT Museum, Boston; Fitchburg Modern Art Museum, USA.
1997 – The Benefits of Education. State Russian Museum, St-Petersburg
2001 – Moscow in the 1920–2000s. Moscow Museum of Modern Art
2000 – Manly. Art in General, New York
2006 – Photorelay. From Rodchenko to Our Days. Moscow House of Photography
2007 – Photoquai Biennial. Paris
Ends June 18th 2016
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