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A Close Look Changes the Object
13/09 - 16/10/2011
It sometimes happens that we start to see the same object today differently from how we saw it yesterday. Does it actually mean that the object depends on how we look at it? Does it change itself? Does it change on its own or under the hypnotic influence of our penetrating look? And what do we actually see when it changes? Another object? Or the same one but with the stratification of distortions and mutilations? That sort of questions was posed by the viewers of the new group project at the Open Gallery. They faced the new discoveries. For example, that the fragment of a painting can turn out to be totally separate from the whole and instead refer us to another epoch, independently entering other visual rows as in the media project by Vladimir Smolyar (who employs music by Vladimir Martynov). Another discovery was the fact that there happened an inversion:
The viewers were able to check the ability of an eye to reconstruct the lost bits on the “soapy” Venus by MishMash group or on the series of expressionist portraits by Konstantin Adjer, which he executed over the glamorous magazine covers.
An installation by Alexander Povzner gave the audience an opportunity to apprehend the vicissitudes of our perception. He transferred the importunity of flying insects into a material, which explains our impotence in face of these tiny creatures, that is to say – into concrete.