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Art Battle: Orlitsky vs. Tuzov

24 january — 04 february 2020

On January 24, 2020, the Orlitsky vs. Tuzov exhibition will open at the GUM-Red-Line Gallery. It will be the first public “battle” between two young artists, Max Orlitsky and Ivan Tuzov, working in completely different genres and techniques.

As Hegel once wrote, the main thing in painting is color and the form of space restriction. Max Orlitsky is a painter in the Hegelian sense of the word since he uses color as a primary substance. The form of the painting is also important to him, so he often divides one artwork into several pieces.

Ivan Tuzov is the author of the post-Internet era. He uses pixelated images. Perception, focused on memes and icons, sets the visual paradigm of our time. The new symbolic structures are similar to hieroglyphs. Tuzov’s hieroglyphs are grotesque and ironic.

The austerity of one artist balances the critique of the other. Ivan Tuzov’s works desacralize the sublime Soviet space. The pieces by Max Orlitsky revive the concept of a Painting as spiritual knowledge and a ritual. The works of Tuzov and Orlitsky collide within the space of GUM. The fundamental difference between the two artistic systems is prominently underlined during the art battle.

An art battle is a new type of performance art. A duel involving brushes and paints visualizes competition: two artists fight one other to the glorious end. In the project Orlitsky vs., Orlotsky each time opposes another artist, «improving» the opponent’s work, while the a competitor does the same with Orlitsky’s artwork.

The art battle demystifies art production. The attention of the audience shifts from the object to the subject — from works to their creators. The general public is now allowed to observe the process of painting. The very gesture of applying paint to the canvas is presented to the viewer as artistic.

The exhibition occupies two halls, one of which houses works by Max Orlitsky, and the other pieces by Ivan Tuzov. The art battle will take place on stage during the vernissage. Two works created during the art battle will be permanently exhibited in the gallery after the opening. Three days after the opening, the edited video of the performance will be broadcast continuously on the gallery screen until the end of the exhibition.

Mikhail Sidlin curates the exhibition.

• The grand opening is on January 24, 2020, at 19:00.
• The art battle of Max Orlitsky and Ivan Tuzov will take place on January 24, 2020, from 19:00 to 21:00.
Mikhail Sidlin will be the presenter.
• The curator-led tour of the exhibition will take place on January 31, 2020.
• The exhibition runs until February 4, 2020.


Artists of Art Battle

Max Orlitsky
Ivan Tuzov

Events

Exhibition works
Head N1, 2016.

Head N1, 2016.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 35x25 cm
Moth N1, 2016.

Moth N1, 2016.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 35x25 cm
Cockatoo, 2014.

Cockatoo, 2014.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 67x38 cm
Moth N2, 2017.

Moth N2, 2017.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 24x18 cm
Catfish, 2017.

Catfish, 2017.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 100x80 cm
Moth N4, 2018.

Moth N4, 2018.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 54x34 cm.
Firebird, 2015.

Firebird, 2015.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 60x39 cm
The experiment, 2019.

The experiment, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 65x150 cm
Head N4, 2017.

Head N4, 2017.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 40x40 cm.
TheShepherdess and Her Sheep, 2018.

TheShepherdess and Her Sheep, 2018.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 265x280 cm
St. Viper, 2020.

St. Viper, 2020.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 110x70 cm
Chameleon, 2017.

Chameleon, 2017.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 110x150 cm
Mermaid, 2016.

Mermaid, 2016.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 110x110 cm
Serena, 2017.

Serena, 2017.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 190x130 cm
Odette, 2018.

Odette, 2018.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 170x330 cm.
Moth N5, 2019.

Moth N5, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 40x30 cm
Teonanácatl, 2017.

Teonanácatl, 2017.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 65x105 cm.
Purple Martyress, 2019.

Purple Martyress, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint. 50x35 cm.
Into the bright future, 2015.

Into the bright future, 2015.
Print, canvas. 120x140 cm
9, 2013.

9, 2013.
Print, canvas. 125x135 cm
Baby rabbit & baby tiger, 2013.

Baby rabbit & baby tiger, 2013.
Print, canvas. 95x140 cm
On a budget, 2013.

On a budget, 2013.
Print, canvas. 105x154 cm
Introduction, 2014.

Introduction, 2014.
Print, canvas. 95x144 cm
Lenin in the grave, 2014.

Lenin in the grave, 2014.
Print, canvas. 105x130 cm
Sekos, 2015.

Sekos, 2015.
Print, canvas. 105x145 cm
On horseback, 2014.

On horseback, 2014.
Print, canvas. 120x135 cm
Not all lenins are equally needed, 2014.

Not all lenins are equally needed, 2014.
Print, canvas. 105x150 cm
Mickey-lenin, 2014.

Mickey-lenin, 2014.
Print, canvas. 90x130 cm
Resistance, 2014.

Resistance, 2014.
Print, canvas. 105x150 cm
Herd, 2014.

Herd, 2014.
Print, canvas. 105x150 cm
Change in location, 2014.

Change in location, 2014.
Print, canvas. 100x140 cm
Secret meeting, 2014.

Secret meeting, 2014.
Print, canvas. 105x150 cm
Radiance, 2014.

Radiance, 2014.
Print, canvas. 100x180 cm
Super lenin, 2013.

Super lenin, 2013.
Print, canvas. 120x130 cm
Stocking up, 2016.

Stocking up, 2016.
Print, canvas. 70x184 cm
Wild angel, 2015.

Wild angel, 2015.
Print, canvas. 105x150 cm
Lenin by Malevich, 2015.

Lenin by Malevich, 2015.
Print, canvas. 130x145 cm
Explosion, 2016.

Explosion, 2016.
Print, canvas. 115x165 cm