Before a total solar eclipse, nature freezes and absolute silence prevails for a while. But something unusual in space is definitely happening, and it is very noticeable in a place where the earth’s crust is particularly thin – in the California Valley of Geysers. So says artist Margo Trushina, who came to the famous Yellowstone specifically to feel the energy of a solar eclipse. As a result, the multimedia installation “Eclipse” was born, which these days is displayed in the exhibition “Illusion of Ordinary”, which takes place in the gallery of Ufa “Miras”.
At the beginning of the video, the artist holds an egg in her finger as a symbol of the birth of the world. Then there are frames that form a symbolic story about the cycle of life, birth, death and rebirth. The artist looks at small details and sees the whole Universe in them, then turns the camera, showing that the world from a different point of view is no less beautiful. In the end she takes off her white dress with which she met the eclipse and throws it in the water.
The video sequence is accompanied by music and whispers, a kind of ritual, a conversation between the artist and nature.
“When I first saw this work, I realized that it fully reflects both the idea of illusion and the idea of everyday life: what seems like a miracle to someone, the Apache Indians living in these places see it all the time. Margo said she shot this video in 2017 during the US presidential election. “Political passions were in full swing in the country and in the national park time seemed to have stopped and nothing but the current moment mattered,” said Maria Filatova, curator of the exhibition and a researcher at the Moscow State Museum of Oriental Art.
The exhibition “Illusion of the Ordinary” presents the works of three artists from different cities: Margo Trushina from London, Katya Tsareva from Izhevsk and Olga Tsymbolenko from Ufa.
– Initially, I wanted to show exactly the art of women artists and when I met different teachers, I realized that these three artists have a very good impact on the subject of space play, which has worried me since my childhood.
For example, I have always wondered what a domestic cat looks like: it sits in a closet, sees a space, and when it looks out from under the bed, it sees the same room in a completely different way. I remember how much time I spent in front of a large mirror, realizing that the room being mirrored in it was a completely different world. Through the eyes it is generally a particular theme played by many artists. “Even if you just put an empty frame in the room, then when you look inside it, the space immediately curves and becomes different”, says Maria Filatova. – This is on the surface of our report. If you look deeper, I thought of different points of view. For example, there is a problem that seems unsolvable, but if we look at it from the other side, then we are very likely to face it. And if you delve into the character traits of a person who is unpleasant to us, then you can conclude that he is quite interesting. The way we see the same phenomena depends on our well-being, the weather, the news – absolutely everything affects us. That is, in reality, the world is an illusion, the illusion of everyday life. The ordinary is what surrounds us, but you have to see it differently, then life will become more interesting.
The artists themselves found the subject so interesting that Margo Trushina flew to the opening of the exhibition from London, Katya Tsareva from Izhevsk and the well-known artist in Ufa Olga Tsymbolenko came from the street next to the gallery where she lives. These artists are representatives of the same generation, but completely different in their worldview. And to show the difference between faces and angles, their works in the exhibition were not separated, but mixed. They are united by the theme of the human sense in space and in this world and the theme of man and nature, their interaction.
Katya Tsareva’s creative style was marked by her architectural education. She creates deceptive spaces, incorporating her ideas about the world into canvases and three-dimensional forms that come out of them.
The artist noticed that in the space where a woman appears, indoor plants gradually appear. Reveals the theme of women and plants in the series “Look for me in flowers”. But Katya Tsareva’s work is not just about painting, she makes plants and laconic lamps out of plexiglass, sparkling rubber, fabric and bright flexible neon, creating an unusual atmosphere.
Neon is also used in her works by Margo Trushina. The artist has been living in London for 15 years and her band is already dating back to the London period. He travels, he paints, but initially he is a photographer. In Thailand, Trushina created her own photographic herbarium and transferred photos to metal, her favorite material. Margo claims that plants feel everything. Like people.
A person can also come in tune with nature, and very unexpectedly. This is the background of “The Theory of Waves”. The artist stood on the shore and looked at the waves, while examining the recent cardiogram he received. In her painting, the beating of the waves came in coordination with the beats of the human heart with the help of neon, which, bursting from the printed plane, creates an unusual effect. And here is a collage of photos. The author deliberately turned some of the photos upside down and the coral taken by Margo lying on the ground turned into a figure of a man running against the backdrop of a lunar landscape.
Olga Tsimbolenko is a born painter. “I paint what I see, what I feel,” he says. Here are the windows of her old workshop, in which a forest of plants hits, and here is her own apartment after the holidays. This is how he named the picture – “After the holidays”: a crystal chandelier with candles, a table with half-empty wine glasses, a tablecloth that was almost pulled to the floor by a dog and a feeling of slight sadness. The plot is simple, but the atmosphere of the image is enchanting …
– While at Olga’s house, I asked where she found the beautiful chandelier of the palace depicted in the picture. “And here it is, hanging in my house,” Olga showed me a small Soviet chandelier with glass, which in the artist’s mind became an example of extraordinary beauty, says the curator of the exhibition. – The painting depicts Olga’s works hanging on the wall. Here they are in the frame, but in fact they are spread out on stretchers. The usual wine glasses in the picture are transformed into antique glass glasses. And yet, when Olga painted this picture, she did not have a dog, which she had been dreaming about for a long time. But this dream, depicted in the picture, has already come true.
Another attraction in the exhibition is the installation of Olga Tsymbolenko “In the studio of Lyalya Galeeva”. Once upon a time, the potter Lyalya Galeeva gave her a boudoir, in which there was a mirror. Olga took it out and put a canvas in its place. It reflects what he saw in the workshop of a famous Ufa potter, down to the clay figurine in the kiln.
– Space, nature and man are constantly talking about all three artists. This report is a woman’s perception of the world. Completely different: Olga’s dense impasto painting, which loves fiery red and broken lines, and Katia in its bright interiors … A few years ago at the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, I had the exhibition “Ufa. Point of Return “, where he collected the works of more than twenty artists born in Baskiria. They happened to be male artists. For me, as an art historian, first of all art is important and it does not matter who creates it, man, woman or Martian. But when I started making this report, I realized that you can not get away from the male and female principles. Men work on a large number of subjects and do so with boldness and brutality. I am closer to male art. But there is also a historical perspective: before, women artists were much less likely to enter the media, now everything is changing and, I think, over time, women’s art will become stronger. And courage will be seen. “At least what I see now makes me happy,” says Maria Filatova.
The exhibition will run until June 25. Organized by the embassy of the Zaman Museum of Contemporary Art. The idea of creating a museum belongs to the businessman and collector of Ufa Marat Akhmetshin. The museum does not yet have its own building (planned to be built in the near future) and is called an embassy. Many Ufa residents believe that such a museum in the city would not be unnecessary. In Moscow, for example, according to Maria Filatova, the fashion of art is gone. After the coronavirus restrictions were lifted, people lined up at the Tretyakov Gallery at the Pushkin Museum. And let them come to the museum because it is fashionable, without really imagining where they came from, most importantly, something will still remain in their minds after this visit. The Moscow art critic acknowledges that not everyone is interested in contemporary art, which the public should become accustomed to, and notes the great interest of Ufa residents in the current exhibition.