Kyiv . Ya Gallery Art Center
05.05.2010 – 08.06.2010
Underwear, actual manly friendship and unequal marriage in Ya Gallery Art Centre - Alexander Kadnikov presents his new project "Loudspeaker". Favorite photographer of "NASH" magazine gathered old soviet cigar cases, bubliks, female and male underwear, kitchen utensils, badges, food, people with colorful posters, and also two great artists - Pavlo Makov and Nina Murashkina - in one space.
Formally Kadnikov's "Loudspeaker" consists of three prominent parts - "Archetype" and "Tactile" photo series, and also "gamma Voice" objects. Literally it is the development of his painful admiration of the environment. In his new project Kadnikov does not just capture the reality with the help of his camera lens, which, in Alexander Liapin's opinion, "has a soul, a cynical perspective and is smiling sarcastically and shrewdly all the time", but also acts as a talented installer. Alexander constructs his own reality of people and objects and creates photography-object, photography-slogan and photography-sentence. Two photo series of the exhibition form Kadnikov's representation as an artist-collector, who through old things and memories tries to gather together his own world, ruined by political changes and social catastrophes of the present times. The concept is more important than the material, but the concept must be "mixed with life", opines the artist, and in "Archetype" photo series places underpants in the centre of the world turning them from a common object into a symbol of social mask. Just like people underpants can be different - with and without holes, silk and cotton, clean and not really... Underpants define everything, that's why "not wearing them is a suicide", and only death will make you take them off. This thought is supported by the object component of the exhibition - "gamma Voice" - "snuffboxes with a surprise" of a kind. Opening each cigar case you never know what is waiting inside - an innocent joke, that' will cause and ironic smile, or author ruthless sarcasm of the author. Kadnikov though has no absolutely innocent jokes - every detail is motivated and is but one more brushstroke in a scrupulously painted clinical picture of the world.
A bit unexpectedl and for this reason alluring is two other artists' intrusion into Kadnikov's reality: he shared his collection of cigar cases with Pavlo Makov, and presented Nina Murashkina, "Genofond" program favorite, with the most precious - pictures of underpants. The artists reacted to the gesture immediately. Makov created his own version of "gamma Voice", and Murashkina, shameless as always, populated the underwear with her beautiful "halter ego", objects of girl dreams and signature slogans like "Will not let in!". "Voluminous", in every sense, text by Alexander Liapin tenderly entitled "UnderpantS" can be considered a separate piece in this exhibition. Emotional strain in exposition space is guaranteed in Ya Galery Art Centre until June 8.