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Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov
48 line in the list of the most promising artists

16 June — 24 August 2021

Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov
48 line in the list of the most promising artists


Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov, young artists fr om Yekaterinburg, who are already well-known among contemporary Russian art, present in the OVCHARENKO space Volny Park, a project they have been working on for about four years. Volny Park is a specially built environment filled with works of art of the widest range: painting, video art, sculpture, ready-made. The theme that unites all these works is art and the artists themselves, their creative path, achievements and doubts, intuition and forecasts for the future.

The authors themselves explain the main idea of ​​the project as follows: “Volny Park is a reflection on how to reconcile different interests, develop interaction strategies, allow oneself to use the will in the public space and learn to accept and“ hear ”someone else's”.

The idea of ​​a harmoniously arranged space of life - a garden of earthly joys - permeates the culture of modernism ("there will be a garden city"). Postmodernity did not destroy this adamant striving for a harmonious structure of the world, only slightly eroded the means of achieving it, moving them fr om the sphere of production to the sphere of services. According to this logic, the work of people of art can be viewed as an offer of services, and this is exactly how - ironically and a little bit detachedly - the artists Cherepanovs create their "Volny Park".

They seem to offer to look at the ideas of life-building from the outside: this is a field of art, of course, but a playing field, reminiscent of the game of golf; here victory is due to hitting the correct holes (read, galleries, museums, collections). Therefore, one of the parts of the project is a witty story about "successes" in the field of art - the series "Coach Painting".

In another part, the artists offer the viewer a video filmed on video surveillance cameras, wh ere the events of everyday life are interspersed with episodes played out in front of the cameras on purpose, thereby questioning the concepts of reality and documentary.

The most touching and utopian of all in this series is the Cherepanov Sets - boxes with specially selected objects: children's own toys, travel souvenirs, objects found on the street, which, according to the authors, in the game are able to convey to the viewer the thoughts and emotions of the artists themselves.

The self-determination of an artist in a rapidly changing harsh and selfish world (and he has apparently always been like that) is a very important and noble task. In addition, artists are our guides into the realm of the intangible and the high, even if today it is a service sector. It is noteworthy that artists from the provinces are most responsible for this task: in Yekaterinburg, the “Ode to Liberty” is born, a kind of manifesto of dignity and independence in art. And our gallery is happy to present this amazing space - Volny Park - to the Moscow audience.

About the artists:

Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov are one of the most striking phenomena in the Russian artistic process. They work both together and as separate authors under different pseudonyms. In their practice, artists turn to various media: performance, video art, installation, street art, painting. Having started an active creative life in Nizhny Tagil, they participated in the art group of ZhKP (2012–2017), organized an independent gallery “Kubiva” (2014–2017), in 2016 they began to produce the zine “Sharmirdobro”, invented the joint stock “Bones” (from 2017 to the present). In 2018, the Cherepanovs moved to Yekaterinburg, wh ere they live and work to this day..