Kyiv . Mala Galereya (Small Gallery) of Mystetskyi Arsenal
29.01.2013 – 17.02.2013
Ya Gallery Art Сenter became partner of Mykyta Kravtsov's personal project Super M that will open in Mala Galereya (Small Gallery) of Mystetskyi Arsenal (10 Lavrska St.) on January 29 and will continue until February 17.
Super M is the first project of Mykyta Kravtsov where the artist departs from painting and takes a camera in his hands. The challenge of the new resource is more like a game that results in multi-plot works.
Photography is close to psychoanalysis and attempts to subdue the chaos of impressions and childhood memories that center around the artist's grandfather - '“superhero” and and entire epoch. Threads of the story unravel when when we circle back to the title: Super M: “Do you have a superdream?.. Look into it carefully? Is it really super?” – Pavlo Gudimov offers, following the artist.
Unlike Kravtsov's noisy paintings, his photos talk. And simultaneously in several voices with a very pleasant timbre.
You can always listen in on one of the versions of the story.
Every work in this project has two stories and two plots. A duel. A double filter.
Overlay, real or mechanical, gives a new meaning and artistry.
A camera looks like a canvas and paintbrushes in painter's hands.
Kravtsov is a fates's favorite: he creates easily and plenty. Playfully, he traps film in different cameras and teases it with multi-exposition. Overlays, greases, confuses and finds.
Native Crimea got him used to the sea. The sea created rhythm and color.
The artist became a membrane between reality and fiction.
But it's all very simple...
We skip over generations.
Kravtsov showed me two small photographs of an unfinished hotel of utopian architectural Brezhnev's post-modernism, and stressed the role of his grandfather who built it. In his collage a giant octopus captured the building with its tentacles and disembowels its dwellers.
I tried to imagine Mykyta's grandfather – a restless Crimean – his grandson's precursor.
Grandfather was a real superhero, creator, father, epoch!
Where is it, the story thread? Where is the hook that caught us?
The trick is simple: a double bottom, another shutter release – and developing will show.
Do we have a super-dream?..
Look into it. Is it really super? Or maybe it's a regular dream? As ordinary as a writing on a wine bottle. Mediocre. Prosaic?..
Kravtsov's frequent travels stimulate his imagination, provoke rethinking of the seen. A vinaigrette of impressions appears in one frame. Oversaturation.
But the stage of search must be captured, seen and noticed.
“Would you like to talk about it?” The artist's photography is close to psychoanalysis.
This is the first Kravtsov's exhibition where photo in the painter's hands remains a sole media. Where the faith in our superpowers doesn't seize. Where rehashing the frame on the canvas is unacceptable.
...When I was a teenager I immensely enjoyed the room of distorting mirrors at the amusement park. It replaced cinema, drugs, rock-n-roll and contemporary art... I left after the limited ten minutes absolutely exhausted from laughter, with strained stomach and hoarse voice...
Today photography replaced painter Kravtsov's desire to paint. Though the smell of paint pursues him, follows him on his heels and wouldn't let go. Will he want to paint on canvases, or will painting with light run down this desire?
However painting in Kravtsov's photography didn't vanish. It lives there at a genetic level. Smell! His photographs smell like oil. And fidgety movements invariably give away a painter.
Text for the project by Mykyta Kravtsov