Dnipropetrovsk. Ya Gallery Art Center

Fly

Kateryna and Valeriy Kuznetsov

22.12.2015 – 26.01.2016

Kateryna and Valeriy Kuznetsov

Kateryna and Valeriy Kuznetsovs' project already has a call in its title: "Fly!". A goal of this journey is a reaching for freedom though it's unknown how far it is. Freedom can be the main life condition that nothing has sense without, or can be concretized in spatial pursuit of inner self - then it's called an emigration.

Exhibition Dnipropetrovsk Ya Gallery Art Center

Kateryna and Valeriy Kuznetsovs' project already has a call in its title: "Fly!". A goal of this journey is a reaching for freedom though it's unknown how far it is. It's a process, continuous motion, dynamics, and completely not a philosophical contemplation of an abstract notion. Freedom can be the main life condition that nothing has sense without, or can be concretized in spatial pursuit of inner self - then it's called an emigration.

While we are free, we look in different directions, and our thoughts about flights to foreign lands are more than natural. However, the Kuznetsovs desire to fly above their motherland despite the war and mishaps.

To demonstrate a tragic situation of the project, the authors fill all the space in Dnipropetrovsk art center: birds soar to the ceiling in a hall and doing this they romanticize the notion of freedom. Nevertheless, their flight becomes their fall in a terrace. A desire to fly up is accompanied by a desire to have wings that so often are cut.

Conceptualism of objects is completely shown in a form that allows to reveal meanings in a more diverse way. The main material for birds is bark: it is various by age and texture; it makes each object individual. Using wood that has merely earthly nature, gives an opportunity for personal interpretation of freedom. Such harmonic combination of external and internal, art and design has already become Kateryna and Valeriy's creative signature that can be proved by their previous exhibitions.

According to the authors' intention, an observer is literally inscribed into the project: in time and space, by means of the form and content. And because of these components the Kuznetsovs calls: "Let's fly!"

Polina Limina

Author

Kateryna Kuznetsova was born in 1967 in Dnipropetrovsk.

Valeriy Kuznetsov was born in 1968 in Cherepovets, Russia.

In 1994 in Dnipropetrovsk Kateryna and Valeriy Kuznetsov created a studio "decorkuznetsov". The authors intended it to be "a mixture of fantasy and humor, art and functional design, permanent motion and, of course, game". They are participants and winners of many contests and exhibitions both in Ukraine and abroad.