Anna Khodorkovskaya @ Mobius Gallery
The solo show ‘How Deep Is Your Art? Chapter II Art & Everything’ by Russian artist Anna Khodorkovskaya, on view at Mobius Gallery, Bucharest, in April 2016, continued her March exhibition ‘Chapter I A Deconstructed Allegory’, both curated by Eugen Rădescu.
The second show, visited during the Gallery Weekend, is challenging in a bold, humorous and playful manner, including two bodies of work that form a coherent discourse highlighting the interaction between art and other media. The walls are filled with messages reminding of advertising slogans which bring into discussion the state of art today, in a capitalist context, how art is introduced to the public and the multiple layers of understanding art, as well as the role and struggles of the artist in a competitive market of art products. Art becomes a sort of character related to everything and that everyone talks about. The words come in a different tone of voice each time – from an imperative set of dos and don’ts to moments of uncertainty or that question art’s role – “Do you believe in art?”.
In addition to the messages invading the gallery space and somehow encouraging the viewer to join the debate or claim his/her position in relation to art, sculptural works created from toys reveal the artist’s interest to “experiment with combining different elements into a single unit”. According to Anna Khodorkovskaya: “Elements can be images, objects, information, as well as other artists and their art, other fields, whole communities, and so on. I wonder how in construction of the unexpected, alternative schemes of these elements a new meaning is being born. I imagine my works as abstract systems which are filled up with content over time.”
Even the title is based on an ironic shift of meaning. Replacing the word love from the song with art invites to reflection. Therefore, how deep is your art?
Photos: The re:art