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(Proto)Type. Exhibition by Maria and Alexander Pogorzhelsky

06 february — 10 march 2020

Game. Life. Masks. History. Journey. Meaning. Re(connection). Proto(type).

Alexander Pogorzhelsky presents a new series titled Folk embroidery motifs (canvas, oil, 2019, a series of 22 paintings) and the monumental installation Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors which includes 120 drawings (paper, pencil, 2018-2019).

Through the abstract “embroidered” transcendental images on canvases in Folk embroidery motifs, the artist invites us to understand imminent fundamentals. It is no coincidence that pastel tones of orange and white dominate: in the theory of color, these shades are seen as energized both by life and death. Metaphysics. On the other hand, the installation Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors functions in a very particular way and attains a completely distinct sacral meaning within the space of the GUM-Red-Line Gallery. Sketches of clothes as presented against the backdrop of Red Square in Moscow captivate the audience with time-honored historical traditions and revive the collective memory of generations of people. Aeternum.

Maria Pogorzhelskaya presents a new project – Private Zone (canvas, oil, 2007-2019, a series of 30 paintings). The series will be presented for the first time in complete form at the exhibition. Most of the paintings were created ad hoc in 2019, especially for the exhibition. Visitors will also see portraits of Natalia Vodianova which the artist painted in 2012 for Vogue.

Private Zone occupies the space of individuality, immediacy, precise replication of a specific moment in a woman’s private life. Photographic memory and the use of “fleeting light” on surfaces – these are the main tools of the artist who works in the best traditions of “new realism”. Pieces in small format are deliberately and repeatedly used as studies for larger works, similar to the relationship between the negative and the final photo. A sort of “metamorphosis of the étude is displayed in a separate series of specific paintings that can be viewed at the exhibition. Hic et nunc.

The Proto(type) exhibition allows us to understand the trend in contemporary art where spaces are set in between Eastern and Western art – the discovery of objectively different yet logically consistent approaches to art.

The narrative of the exhibition is not linked to the stylistic flourishes and characteristic forms that can be discovered in the works by the Pogorzhelskys; it rather touches upon the “tangent lines” that are present in similar visual art practices and the delicate use of color displayed by both artists. The energy of two- dimensional bodies on a flat background.

Masks. These are the elements that transport the viewer through history to the origins and uniqueness. The masks appear both in the folk/ceremonial clothes of our ancestors and timeless abstract mythological images (Alexander Pogorzhelsky), as well as the everyday self-care routines of women and precise portraits (frequently self-portrait) at a concrete moment in time, the “here and now” reality (Maria Pogorzhelskaya). The search for identity in the past and expression of essential truths through the real and commonplace. The sacralization of both historical and individual memory.

The connotations of time are interpreted by both artists through the concept of memory, through deliberate disapproval of the proliferation of “non-places” in contemporary society, as described in the anthropology of “supermodernity” by Augé and presented in social spaces. “A space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place... Supermodernity produces non-places or, in other words, spaces which are not themselves anthropological places and which unlike Baudelairian modernity, do no integrate the earlier places,... ‘places of memory’”*.

The presented curated project is an attempt to guide the viewer to view the exhibition space as a “place of memory” though an intuitive (as Bergson understood it to be) recreation of reality via the concept of a prototype. Only intuition as a direct experience of an artwork can penetrate the latter’s intimate essence**.

Thus, we attain an “emotional and intuitive” understanding of reality, be it true reality or supposed reality, through the presented artworks.

Exhibition curator, text author – Tatiana Martyanova

* Marc Augé, Non-Places. Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, 1992
** Henri Bergson, L’Évolution créatrice, 1907


Artists of (Proto)Type.

Maria Pogorzhelskaya
Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Past events

Exhibition works
Big green mask with pink bathrobe, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Big green mask with pink bathrobe, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 150x150 cm€ 7 500
562 500 rub.
Green mask, 2007.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Green mask, 2007.
Oil on canvas. 137x170 cm€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
Hotel morning wash, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Hotel morning wash, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 70x70 cm€ 5 500
412 500 rub.
White mask with pink gloves, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

White mask with pink gloves, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 150x150 cm€ 7 500
562 500 rub.
Natasha in white mask, 2007.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Natasha in white mask, 2007.
Oil on canvas. 140x200 cm€ 7 500
562 500 rub.
Summer white mud mask, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Summer white mud mask, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 70x70 cm€ 5 500
412 500 rub.
Sleeping girl with mud mask, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Sleeping girl with mud mask, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 100x120 cm€ 6 500
487 500 rub.
Morning in white, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Morning in white, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 150x150 cm€ 7 500
562 500 rub.
Small morning in white, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Small morning in white, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 30x40 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
White home mask, 2007.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

White home mask, 2007.
Oil on canvas. 133x170 cm€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
Big bath with white mask, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Big bath with white mask, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 130x180 cm€ 7 500
562 500 rub.
White bath, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

White bath, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 30x40 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Hotel morning, 2014.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Hotel morning, 2014.
Oil on canvas. 45x40 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Big pink gloves, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Big pink gloves, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 150x110 cm€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
Medium pink gloves, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Medium pink gloves, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 100x70 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Small pink gloves, 2018.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Small pink gloves, 2018.
Oil on canvas. 30x40 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
New hair cut, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

New hair cut, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Chocolate mask, 2018.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Chocolate mask, 2018.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Pedicure, 2018.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Pedicure, 2018.
Oil on canvas. 40x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Eyes of artist, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Eyes of artist, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Small avocado and mud mask, 2014.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Small avocado and mud mask, 2014.
Oil on canvas. 24x18 cm€ 900
67 500 rub.
Blue mask, 2018.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Blue mask, 2018.
Oil on canvas. 40x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Favourite music, 2018.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Favourite music, 2018.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Small avocado and green mask, 2008.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Small avocado and green mask, 2008.
Oil on canvas. 16x21 cm€ 900
67 500 rub.
White bathroom, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

White bathroom, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Bath foam, 2019.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Bath foam, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Pink mask, 2014.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Pink mask, 2014.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Small blue mask, 2014.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Small blue mask, 2014.
Oil on canvas. 18x24 cm€ 900
67 500 rub.
Tea bags, 2018.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Tea bags, 2018.
Oil on canvas. 30x30 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Small green mask, 2014.Maria Pogorzhelskaya

Small green mask, 2014.
Oil on canvas. 18x24 cm€ 900
67 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 165x195 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 165x195 cm€ 3 500
262 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 60x65 cm€ 1 700
127 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 165x195 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 75x95 cm€ 3 500
262 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 55x65 cm€ 2 000
150 000 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 100x130 cm€ 4 000
300 000 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 75x95 cm€ 3 500
262 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 52x55 cm€ 2 000
150 000 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 75x105 cm€ 3 700
277 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 50x70 cm€ 1 700
127 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 77x95 cm€ 3 500
262 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 70x90 cm€ 3 500
262 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 40x60 cm€ 1 200
90 000 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 40x60 cm€ 1 100
82 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 29x69 cm€ 1 100
82 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 30x40 cm€ 1 100
82 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 40x60 cm€ 1 200
90 000 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 35x45 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 60x25 cm€ 1 100
82 500 rub.
Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Folk embroidery motif painting series, 2019
Oil on canvas. 30x40 cm€ 1 100
82 500 rub.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors series. 2018–2019Alexander Pogorzhelsky

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors series. 2018–2019
Colored pencil on paper. 120 works, each 30x21 cm€ 250
18 750 rub.
Exhibition photos