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Anton Kushaev
"Doubtful foundation"

10 March — 02 April 2017
9 START Project

Anton Kushaev
"Doubtful foundation"


March 10, 2017 in the Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD on the site of the young art START will open the exhibition of artist Anton Kushaev "Doubtful foundation." The author offers us an original look at the usual urban buildings, escaping our attention designs. In his works, he reveals the skeletons and foundations of primitive architectural structures of the rack-and-beam type, shows the grounds hidden from our eyes. With the help of various media - paintings, graphics and objects, Anton Kushaev builds a city-skeleton of architectural skeletons and ashes.

The exhibition space "Doubtful foundation" is a space-blend. The artist deliberately changes the trajectory of the view, promises the viewer penetration into the very essence of things, but leaves him alone with phantom constructs. The viewer penetrates into the exposition space from the back of the picturesque canvas; instead of the traditional stretcher, the artist pulls the canvas onto a three-dimensional wooden structure creating the effect of three-dimensional space behind the surface of the picturesque layer. In this way, he aligns the text and context: through a simple architectural form, the image of the same dilapidated greenhouse from the bones on the front side of the canvas shines through. The author combines in one work two mediums, making it transmediate.

Following the conceptual tradition, Anton Kushaev not only creates an artistic image, analyzing its parts, but also shows the logic of the work itself and manipulates the viewer's optics.

Anton Kushaev, artist: "The city becomes a cage, the street - a trap, the image - a trap. Invisible, they become an obsessive grinding of grinding dust and settle on everything around. Covered with a shroud, they seem to be non-existent, but can be detected "

Kiril Preobrazhensky, curator: "The exhibition exists in the logic of" sleep in a dream, "the artist's naive desire to break through the veil of images to the original content. But after passing through the surface of painting and graphics, he found behind them the same bare designs, as those that are depicted on them. Pinocchio found behind the painted hearth entrance to the utopian magical world, but the golden key is lost, and behind the painted hearth we see only the drawing of the same hearth. Unlike the happy end in the Golden Key or the Adventures of Pinocchio, the author finds himself in an obsessive looped plot "
Anton Kushaev's special attention to painting is not accidental. For twelve years he was engaged in temple painting, he worked on large frescoes. The artist took part in the murals of more than twenty temples. Today he studies at the Baza Institute, where he combines the skill of the painter with a new, modern view of art.

The exhibition at the START site will allow the artist to conceptually present important topics for him. Since 2008, the START project has opened more than fifty exhibitions of young artists. After participating in the project, they are successfully exhibited in Russian and foreign galleries and institutions.

About the artist:

Anton Kushaev (born 1983) is an artist. He graduated from the Moscow Art College of Applied Arts (formerly Kalinin) and the Icon School at the Moscow Theological Academy, currently studying at the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art "Baza".
Participant artist-run space Center "Red". Co-founder of the exhibition space "SHUM" in St. Petersburg. Lives and works in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Exhibitions: "Raw / boiled" / MMSI on Gogol Boulevard, curator Anatoly Osmolovsky.

Author's tours of the exhibition (free of charge):

  • 19 March / 15:00
  • March 26 / 15:00
  • April 2 / 15:00