THE POET MUST SPEND HIMSELF WITH ARDOR, SPLENDOR AND GENEROSITY. FILIPPO TOMMASO MARINETTI
MORSKAYA / GROUP EXHIBITION OF FAR EASTERN ARTISTS
22 June - 1 September

JUNE, 22 SEPTEMBER, 1 / SMALL EXHIBITION HALL

Morskaya group art exhibition will open June, 22 at Zarya Center for Contemporary Art as a part of the international V-ROX EXPO festival. Titled after the legendary first album by Mumiy Troll band, it features 28 artists, selected by the show curator – Moscow-based artist Dmitri Aske, the V-ROX EXPO organizing committee and representatives of Zarya CCA.

'Morskaya' art show is paintings and graphics, installations, photos, spacial sculptures – they all, just like many songs by Mummiy Troll, embody spirit of the Russian Far East. Most of the artists are based in Vladivostok – that's why a can of ‘Milkis’ in their works fits right in, peonies consist of shells, and a seagull made of mosaics looks so arrogant. Photos of landscape show the less obvious and touristic of Vladivostok spots, offering a personal, insider’s look at the city; the sound for interactive installation 'Listen To The Sea' was recorded in a very specific location, too – Shamora beach. ‘Portrait of a Captain’ is a collective image of all things that make a true seadog – or the way people tend to think of them. It is yet to be proven if Vladivostok offers winter surfing, but the Far Eastern artists found an honorable place for it in their works, just like for the sea – Vladivostok’s most formative site.

Ilya Lagutenko, V-ROX EXPO curator: “V-ROX EXPO is a laboratory of creative ideas, an opportunity to not only introduce new music to the city but to get people involved in a cultural dialogue. Morskaya was conceived first and foremost for Far Eastern artists. I sincerely wish for Vladivostok to become a permanent artistic pot where all kinds of creative ideas bear fruit in new projects, uniting people, expanding opportunities, and offering a glimpse over the horizon”.

Dmitri Aske, Morskaya exhibition curator: “For the exhibition we selected works that fit within the given theme and represent a wide array of techniques and styles employed by Far Eastern artists. I was curious to see all the submitted works, to get an idea of what people create in this region. I hope that the art show and V-ROX EXPO as a whole, will be able to inspire people and get creative energy flowing, in one way or another. This is exactly what I am hoping for myself for this trip to Vladivostok”.

Specially for V-ROX EXPO Aske will deck Zarya CCA with his ‘Turning Point’ – a piece on inner stuggles and hardships of choosing a way when facing important life decisions.

Morskaya Artists

Vladivostok: Dmitrii Chovgan, Andrey Chugunov, Andrey Dmitrenko, Irina Drobot, Alexandra Epstein, Vladimir Ershov, Vasiliy Galaktionov, Lekha Gominid, Lesya Ilyonok in cooperation with Julia Sufianova and Daria Litvinenko, Ilya Kantakov, Kirill Kryuchkov, Masha Lamzina, Maksim Listopadskiy, Dmitriy Luchinin, Appolinaria Ravnoapostolnaya, Daniil Sakharov, Pavel Shapovalov, Viktoria Sharmankina, Tatiana Silverstova and Alvina Verner.

They will be joined by artists from Khabarovsk (Yana Jan-Sha, Adele Sakhnevich, Yaroslava Verner), Moscow (Anna Lyalina), Ussuriisk (Evgeniy Korotkov) and Fokino (Natalia Khristenko).