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Gosha Ostretsov.
Conquerors of the Sun

22 october — 19 november 2019

Conquerors of the Sun are the heroes of the new myth created by Gosha Ostretsov. The exhibition at GUM-Red-Line displays a visual representation of a unique world with its own people, ecosystem, and technologies that was conceived by the artist.

A hundred years after the premiere of the Russian futurist opera Victory over the Sun, Ostretsov – a man of the epoch that was once envisioned by the Futurists – creates a personal epic that goes against common sense. Inspired by the classic Greek and Roman myths, the artist redefines the Avant-Garde theme of surmounting the established order.

By interpreting the names of the eight planets that constitute the Solar System, Gosha Ostretsov establishes an alternative prehistoric timeline where anthropomorphized heroes bearing the names of the main planets are battling against the Sun – a symbolic Medusa the Gorgon who defends the passageways to other spaces and timelines. The Sun represents the axle which holds in place the fundamental order and acts as a guarantee of the main laws of physics. Just like Medusa the Gorgon, it emits deadly rays that force everything in its path to be bound by the established system. Medusa’s gaze turned the eight heroes who wished to transcend the Great Sun and pass beyond the border that it guards into stony planets. With the passage of time, the heroes were deformed and transformed into round spheres. However, their life energy has not been completely drained and gave life to a new world of micro-heroes on one of the planets – humanity. Humans, just as Perseus, are trying to triumph over Medusa and invent a superweapon that will help them master the energy of the Sun, revive the petrified heroes, and go beyond the borders of the Solar System. The attempts of humanity to attain fusion power as of yet did not bear fruit. Humans have only learned to destroy and, thus, have followed in the footsteps of the Sun. Still, the artist’s myth envisions a new epoch during which humanity will be able to recreate the power of the Sun and surmount all borders.

The mythmaking of Gosha Ostretsov synthesizes the heritage of Russian Avant-Garde and science fiction in the artist’s signature manner. The myth, inspired by ancient epics, incorporates images action comics, blasters, and well-dressed hotties. The artist presents the Sun/Medusa the Gorgon as a dominating force holding its subjects in chains. The Futuristic creation of Ostretsov is a classic narrative of a Utopia where new superhumans desire to change the established order.

Text: Elizaveta Shagina

The exhibition is part of the Parallel Program of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Past events

Exhibition works
Planet Mercury, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Mercury, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 65 cm€ 5 000
375 000 rub.
Mercury, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mercury, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 70x70 cm€ 5 000
375 000 rub.
Planet Venus, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Venus, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 71 cm€ 5 000
375 000 rub.
Venus, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Venus, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 80x70 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Planet Earth, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Earth, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 90 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Gaia, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Gaia, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 90x90 cm€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
 Planet Mars, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Mars, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 81 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Mars, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mars, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 100x85 cm€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
SOLD
Planet Jupiter, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Jupiter, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 100 cm€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
Jupiter, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Jupiter, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 100x100 cm€ 9 000
675 000 rub.
Planet Saturn, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Saturn, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 90 cm€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
Saturn, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Saturn, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 100x100 cm€ 9 000
675 000 rub.
Planet Uranus, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Uranus, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 71 cm€ 5 000
375 000 rub.
Uranus, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Uranus, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 100x100 cm€ 9 000
675 000 rub.
Planet Neptune, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Planet Neptune, 2019.
Wood, acrylic paste, acrylic. Ø 81 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Neptune, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Neptune, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 80x70 cm€ 6 000
450 000 rub.
Incomplete Solar System, 2019. Georgy Ostretsov

Incomplete Solar System, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, enamel. 200x140 cm € 12 000
900 000 rub.
Leprosy, 2008.Georgy Ostretsov

Leprosy, 2008.
Acrylic on canvas. 280x350 (in four parts; part 1, 3: 140x200 cm; part 2, 4: 140x150 cm)€ 30 000
2 250 000 rub.
NASA, 2008.Georgy Ostretsov

NASA, 2008.
Acrylic on canvas. 280x450 cm (in six parts; each 140x150 cm)€ 40 000
3 000 000 rub.
Gorgon, 2019Georgy Ostretsov

Gorgon, 2019
Wood, acrylic paint, acrylic glass. Ø 100 cm€ 10 000
750 000 rub.
Saturn, 2019Georgy Ostretsov

Saturn, 2019
Wood, epoxy resin, acrylic paste, metal chain. 250 cm€ 30 000
2 250 000 rub.
Venus, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Venus, 2019.
Wood, epoxy resin, acrylic paste, metal chain. 230 cm€ 30 000
2 250 000 rub.
The Sun — Medusa the Gorgon, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

The Sun — Medusa the Gorgon, 2019.
Wood, epoxy resin, acrylic paste, metal chain. 200 cm€ 30 000
2 250 000 rub.
Sun, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Sun, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Mercury, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mercury, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Venus, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Venus, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Earth, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Earth, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Mars, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mars, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Jupiter, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Jupiter, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Saturn, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Saturn, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Uranus, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Uranus, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Neptune, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Neptune, Conquerors of the Sun project sketch, 2019.
Paper, oil pastel. 30x30 cm€ 1 000
75 000 rub.
SOLD
Old Testament, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Old Testament, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint, enamel, glitter. 200x140 cm€ 14 000
1 050 000 rub.
Astronomical Event in the Monoceros Constellation, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Astronomical Event in the Monoceros Constellation, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint, enamel, glitter. 100x130 cm€ 10 000
750 000 rub.
SOLD
Melancholy, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Melancholy, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint, enamel, glitter. 100x130 cm€ 10 000
750 000 rub.
Trial I, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Trial I, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint, enamel, glitter. 85x100 cm€ 8 000
600 000 rub.
Mercury, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mercury, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Venus, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Venus, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Earth, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Earth, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Mars, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mars, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Jupiter, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Jupiter, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Saturn, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Saturn, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Uranus, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Uranus, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Neptune, from the Elements series, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Neptune, from the Elements series, 2019.
Paper, digital print, pastels, acrylic paint. 69,4x94,1 cm€ 3 000
225 000 rub.
Trial II, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Trial II, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint, enamel, glitter. 85x100 cm€ 8 000
600 000 rub.
Juggler, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Juggler, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint, enamel, glitter. 75х90 cm€ 5 000
375 000 rub.
Man. Earth. Universe. Composition 2. 2018Georgy Ostretsov

Man. Earth. Universe. Composition 2. 2018
Acrylic paints, enamel, canvas. 140х140 cm.€ 7 000
525 000 rub.
Mirror, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mirror, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paint, enamel, glitter. 75х90 cm€ 5 000
375 000 rub.
Big Bang, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Big Bang, 2019.
Canvas, acrylic paints. 85х100 cm€ 8 000
600 000 rub.
 The Multiverse Matrix, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

The Multiverse Matrix, 2019.
Wood, acrylic, metal. 186x107x70 cm€ 5 000
375 000 rub.
Uranus at the Kremlin, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Uranus at the Kremlin, 2019.
Paper, engraving, levkas, pencil. 50х60 cm€ 2 000
150 000 rub.
Sun, Neptune, Venus, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Sun, Neptune, Venus, 2019.
Paper, engraving, levkas, pencil. 50х60 cm€ 2 000
150 000 rub.
Earth-Jupiter, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Earth-Jupiter, 2019.
Paper, engraving, levkas, pencil. 50х60 cm€ 1 500
112 500 rub.
Venus showing Muscovites the future site of GUM, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Venus showing Muscovites the future site of GUM, 2019.
Paper, engraving, levkas, pencil. 50х60 cm€ 2 500
187 500 rub.
Mars and the Clock Tower, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Mars and the Clock Tower, 2019.
Paper, engraving, levkas, pencil. 50х60 cm€ 2 500
187 500 rub.
Saturn passing through the Triumphal Arch, 2019.Georgy Ostretsov

Saturn passing through the Triumphal Arch, 2019.
Paper, engraving, levkas, pencil. 50х60 cm€ 2 500
187 500 rub.
Exhibition photos