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Media Comfort, 2006, stills from a video projection, dimensions variable.

Media Comfort, 2006, stills from a video projection, dimensions variable.

Moscow

Alexander Gnilitsky and Lesya Zayats

Stella Art Foundation
Skaryatinsky Pereulok, 7
July 25, 2013–January 15, 2007

Media Comfort, 2006, an installation by Kiev-based artists Alexander Gnilitsky and Lesya Zayats, juxtaposes domestic warmth with the cold white box of the gallery. Opposite a striped couch hangs a colorful decorative plate and a tapestry, while a lamp at the gallery’s rear casts a soft yellow glow. On closer inspection, the tapestry turns out to be a video projection, and though the couch and the plate are as solid as the gallery’s walls, without the aid of colored projections they would be just as white. The stripes on the couch change colors, while the patterns on the plate and the tapestry seamlessly flow through endless floral and geometric permutations. The “lamp” is a printed canvas covering a light bulb that periodically blinks on and off. The living room of Media Comfort contains no television, but the artists have delegated the ubiquitous machine’s shifting images and illusions to ordinarily static objects. This spare and elegant installation questions how the perpetual presence of a flickering screen has altered our perception of the household environment, as well as our requirements for comfort.