by art critic Lidia Lisenko
Not for the faint hearted
Not for the faint hearted. That’s how the
new controversial show of Alexei Biryukoff and Dmitriy Onischenko Naked
Loneliness can be characterized. This show triggered interest and anticipation
of the Barnaul art community.
-When shall we see a real performance?
- the advanced young people wondered. – So your time has come.
Finally we shall witness the creative
expression of young free thinking, untamed artists, who know no fear in
front of the public judgment. But performance is a temporary ephemeral
event. The lasting carriers of the content are and will be the works of
the artists. What are they like?
The size of the depicted motifs that earlier
(in our consciousness) had right only for chamber, intimate existence,
delivers spectators into shock.
The manipulation with the models is easy
and reminds of playing with dolls, although these dolls are huge;
the dissonance of broken proportions along
with the visual striving to realism quite impresses. Let us admit that
this is a specially applied trick, which makes the dissonance an expressive
means. Close up details – toes, foreskin – all that usually stays at the
peripheral sight of artists – now is the center of attention. This paradoxical
hypertrophied flesh – irony in the address of the new hedonism, that lives
in minds today.
It s not just naked loneliness, it is a
prepared loneliness in the microscope. Talking about the motif of loneliness,
let us take an immodest look at the nudes. How the artistic vision of beauty
has changed, fans of classicism would sigh. Where is the ideal, where are
the models for imitation? Alas, such beauty is impossible in the modern
world. Mechanically transferred from the past it would be fake and dishonest.
And these nudes built on breaking of the laws of harmony are much closer
to the realia of the present time. It is a natural product of contemporary
art. Here the strive to free human instincts is clearly seen, an experiment
with the spectators’ perception and possible limits of art (within Barnaul),
where art becomes an open system, free of barriers, where we have the beginning
but cannot foresee an end, where the main expected result is interactivity
and a happening. We can only wish good luck to the young artists, because
we anticipate seeing the result too.
What the artists really have managed to
do is to avoid vulgar images of the yellow press. Sugary and false beauty
have not aggravated these works, that is what I really want to thank the
artists for. Also they have managed to refresh the weary perception. Although
the psychic experience happens to be opposite to purifying tears, but that
is a sign of our time too. Reality is constantly surpassing art. And for
Alexei Biryukoff and Dmitriy Onischenko the main thing in art is the absence
of artificiality in it.