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|The Moscow Times » Issue 3993 » City Wise|
Survival in A State of Shocking Reality22 September 2008 By Alexandra Odynova / Special to The Moscow TimesTony Matelli's solo exhibition "Survival" is showing for the first time in Moscow at the Gary Tatintsian Gallery.
Matelli is a promising American artist, famous for his provocative and hyperrealistic silicon sculptures of humans and animals.
His work as been shown in Paris, New York and Berlin, and appearing in Moscow are several of his best-known pieces, including "Old Enemy, New Victim" and "Sleepwalker" -- a life-size sculpture of a man in white briefs with his arms outstretched, as if he is about to walk into something.
"His art is not at all provocative. It's concerned with the ideas and emotions of ordinary people," said Victoria Pukemova, the gallery's director.
"We have been cooperating with Tony since the opening of Tatintsian Gallery in 2005, when his works were displayed in the 'We Can Do It' exhibition," Pukemova said. "Since then, we have kept an eye on the development of his technique. ... The artist has been progressing with his work in the States."
While some of his works are shocking, there is a grain of humor in his self-portrait, "Double Meat Head." The sculpture is a puzzle of real meat products representing two stages of Matelli's existence. The first stage is abundance, signified with fresh meat. The second is decay, in which the flesh falls into rotten disorder.
"These states exist in every other being," Pukemova said.
"Sleepwalker" also embodies some of Matelli's own feelings and experiences, his perceptions of society.
"It shows how Tony felt outside this world and its universally accepted rules," Pukemova said. "Tony Matelli often describes himself as a communicator."
Each sculpture takes several months to create, and it can take several years for Matelli to put together an exhibition.
He started his career as an assistant to Jeff Koons, one of the highest-paid artists today, who is renowned for his kitsch works, such as a giant puppy made out of flowers and grass, as well as his tacky sculptures like the gold-plated statue "Michael Jackson and Bubbles," representing the singer and his pet chimpanzee.
Koons' influence is evident in the transparent themes of the installations. One of the sculptures, "Old Enemy," shows one chimpanzee strangling another, while a third chimpanzee is chewing on the victim's leg.
"All of my sculptures are in a state of compromise. They are lost, wounded, tangled and shitty," Matelli said. "This is everyone's general state at one point or another."
"Survival" runs through Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Gary Tatintsian Gallery, located at 3/8 Ulitsa Ilyinka, Bldg. 5. M. Ploshchad Revolyutsii. Tel. 921-2102, http://www.tatintsian.com/
Adigezalov, Yuriy I.,Antashyan, Gagik E.,Balayan, Albert A.,Bernatskiy, Nikolay S.,Fedotov, Viktor V. ,Grigoryan, Yuriy S.,Ivanova, Marina A.,Karetin, Igor P.,Konstantinov, Yuriy ,Krunov, Mikhail A. - Krutov, Nikolay P. - Nechitaylo, Dmitriy V. - Nechitaylo, Kseniya V. -Papikyyan, Robert T. -Platonova, Anna N. -Popkov, Yuriy N. -Rudakov, Mikhail Z. -Rudakova, Olga M. - Rusenko, Eduard V. - Rusenko, Yulia V. - Sakhatov, Valeriy T. - Sergeeva, Nina A. - Simonov, Vladimir G. - Simonov, Vadim G. - Sogomonyan, Kerop - Sokolov, Vadim P. - Stepanenko, Svetlana P. - Suvorova, Maria E. - Usachev, Fedor E. - Vakhtangov, Evgeniy S. - Zinchenko, Natalia V.
Lebedev, Rostislav E.
Valentina Kuznetsova - Marina Ostrovskaya - Igor Ponomarev - Vitaliy Shanov - Daria Uspenskaya - Dmitriy Uspenskiy
Profiles and Galleries are now under construction and will be displayed soon ...
IRAS - GA 2008 - June 8 2008 - resolutions :
IRAS - Re-organized structure - June 08
Obshestvo IRAS - Russia-CIS - The International Russian Art Society - Umbrella Org for Russian Artists - Art and Culture domestically and abroad, established in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Irene Yavchunovsky promoted to the new position of IRAS Country Director for Israel & Ukraine.
Irene,located in Haifa, will still act as coordinator for IRAS Israel Northern Branch and the Russian School activities in Israel.
IRAS Israel North - new branch opens in Tiberias - 0608
Lubov Znakovsky named as new IRAS Representative for Tiberias
is an open international Internet-bookshop, created by publishing houses E.Ra and Detki-74 (Selena-Studio)
- It is a project directed to unanimity of people living in different countries. In the contemporary world literary work in Russian language acquires a first rate significance for preserving the segment of Russian culture; our purpose is an assistance to Russian speaking authors living abroad in sharing out their books in Russia and to Russian authors in attaining access to living abroad readers.
- Here are our particular principles of work with people:
- We will try to give a reader access to modern noncommercial books, which create a contemporary literary process. Since, the contemporary literature is not the literature of "names", it is rather the literature of "process", where each author is respected and demands attention and support!
- We believe that in the critical moments of society development additional mechanism of preserving culture is being switched on. First of all the number of writing people is growing. We should not fight with this; on the contrary we should greet and encouragethis phenomenon. Any division on "castes" in literature and, especially, in book trade makes a huge damage to cultural state of society.
"ERA & Selena"
- is the project which main purpose is not only discovery of new talented names in the world of literature but also giving support to unknown names in sharing out the books of non commercial trend.
translation : Irene Yavchunovsky - IRAS Joint - Ventures Director & Regional Director - IRAS Israel North
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Evelina Rakitskaia to the new position of IRAS Moscow Bureau Chief.
Evelina will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of IRAS Russia and CIS.
Obshestvo IRAS and ERA IZDAT - Moscow have recently embarked on their new joint-venture projects.
Evelina's new appointment will be in addttion to her responsibilities as Affiliate Director.
Welcome aboard Evelenina !
Gil Pahl, Chief Coordinator - Obshestvo IRAS
on behalf of the IRAS Family.
CONGRATULATIONS DIMA BILAN ,
CONGRATULATION RUSSIA AND UKRAINE FOR FIRST AND SECOND PLACE -
IN THIS YEARS EUROVISION CONTEST ....
RUSSIA WILL HOST THE 2009 EUROVISION .... GREAT ... WELL DONE !!
" The Nets of Silver and Gold we have " will be performed at the
" Mofet " school Netaniya on Sunday 18th May at 18:00
All are welcome to cheer our young and talented performers ......
Sincerely - Irene Yavchunovsky, IRAS Haifa - Russian Schools Liaison
On the occasion of the" Days of Saint-Petersburg " in Israel the cinema production company " Risk " will launch their first screening of the screen novel " Heavy Sand " on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:00 h at the Eretz israel Museum, 2 Haim Levanon St. Ramat Aviv , Tel Aviv.
Attendance by invitation only.
Limited tickets available at the IRAS - RCC Tel Aviv Liaison Office, 38 Geula St. Tel Aviv - Tel : 054-4605497 or 050-3011394
17:00 - Film Premiere at the Eretz Israel Museum, 2 Haim Levanon St. Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv