14.06.2019 – 07.07.2019
Triumph Gallery, Moscow
The summer season at Triumph Gallery kicks off with two exhibitions — a solo project "Brandmalerei" by Alexei Dobrov, a member the famous art group "Blue Soup", and a new series of paintings "The Daily Grind" by the group the group of young artists from Nizhny Novgorod TOY. With backgrounds in radically different fields of contemporary art and working with different genres and techniques, the artists have a common focus on the everyday life, which thus it creates a cohesive atmosphere of irony, naivety and unmediated perception.
For over 20 years, Alexei Dobrov is known as a member of the art group "Blue Soup", revered by contemporary art fans for their 3D modeling and computer animations. This radically new solo stage in Dobrov’s artistic career began in 2017 through random experimentation with pyrography. "Brandmalerei" at Triumph gallery showcases over 40 pyrographic works on plywood. Pyrography is quite meditative as a process, in which it is well aligned with Dobrov’s aesthetic and in a way similar to the elements of slow immersion and detached contemplation in videos by "Blue Soup". Being a solo project, however, this series marks a crucial pivot to a practice where interactions with the physical part of art are structured absolutely differently than in video art. The exposition can be divided into several independent series. The portrait series "Don Kosaken Chor" was inspired by a certain musical act popular in the 1950s post-war Germany that was performed by the Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff chorus. A similar series, "Ectenia", shows prayer sayers with basso profondo. A special place at the exhibition is reserved for Still Lifes, a series of works that possess a hidden meaning that ordinary viewers cannot connect with. Each is linked to a concrete person who is the only one to be able to decipher the meaning. The most recent works created specially for the exhibition are abstract compositions. This new area has been the recent source of inspiration and growth for the artist. With all the limitations of pyrography, Alexei Dobrov masterfully conveys the stillness of air in space, the depth and dimensionality of space, radiant light and vibrating shadows.