11.10.2019 – 10.11.2019
Triumph Gallery, Moscow
Triumph gallery presents the exhibition by Konstantin Benkovich, best known for his urban interventions: No Comments, a flag on Millionnaya St that he hoisted in the summer of 2019 on the Russian Flag Day or a mask, The Scream, that he installed in Moscow in January 2019 on the spot where politician Boris Nemtsov had been murdered.
Brutal and laconic works of the sculptor are filled with irony that goes into criticism and then back. Using rebar as his core material, the sculptor creates extremely concrete images-symbols or -emblems. He juxtaposes them and invites the audience to take a fresh look at familiar things. The exhibition features sculptures and paintings made in 2019. Media images that occupy the public sphere are mixed with down-to-earth and banal things. Through minimalistic representation they acquire a symbolic and deeper meaning.
Alexander Borovsky of the Russian Museum comments: “Our minds produce specific connotations to metal, welding, grid of bars. And Benkovich employs the motifs of defense and offence with confidence—hoodies, masks, riot police gear, CCTV cameras, Molotovs, etc. The image of a grid of bars, reminiscent of incarceration themes in criminal romance songs, is imprinted in our consciousness… Comparable to a new urban eidos, we follow a semantic linkage between form and content, a tangible manifestation of essential meaning… A distant imprint in the subconscious is actualized and revealed when presented with a fitting occasion”.