Black water. Exhibition Michael Zvyagina 05/12/2018 automatic translate
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Музей современного искусства Эрарта
Васильевский остров, 29-я линия, д.2
Mikhail Zvyagin is one of the oldest Leningrad-Petersburg artists (although he now lives in New York), in his own way reflecting the time from the early 1960s to the beginning of the 2000s.
The peculiarity of Zvyagin is his non-mainstream, non-belonging to any collective creative strategies. He is not right and not left. He is a lone artist. His painting, especially the work of the 60s, is an extremely individual experience and evidence of reality, far from the standard agenda of both official and non-conformist art. In his works of that time one can feel the bitter air of the outskirts, the factory outskirts, the red-brick factory buildings on white snow near the black winter water. At the same time, plastically, rhythmically, coloristically - this is a very balanced, even contemplative, allowing to draw distant parallels with N. Lapshin and A. Vedernikov, which exists outside the dominant social and artistic ideologies.
The factory suburbs of Zvyagin are not a reproof, not a sorrowful insensitivity, but rather a certain contemplative and poetic documentaryism, precise and concise, born at the same time as the poems of the early I. Brodsky.
Another section of the exhibition is the late expressionist painting and sculpture of Zvyagin, reflecting the drama of the 90s. The works of this period depict the grotesque characters of the time, the agony, the atmosphere of catastrophe, developing into apocalyptic visions. The artist is acutely experiencing what is happening. “I write what I see and what I think. My paintings are not for the faint of heart. This is my soul cry, I want to reach the hearts of people... What is happening around is a bestiary, a carnival of masks, a slapstick and a mummers. Freaks rule the ball. But for how long? We live in the looking glass, where we are told one thing, we see another, and something else happens. Around demons and masks... See, think, listen to the rumble of the era. My canvases are mirrors of the world around me, of our time. I am just a witness of my time and I am trying to express it with the means of my art... ”(Mikhail Zvyagin,“ Instead of a biography ”).