From 27 May through 10 June BIS ART GALLERY will be hosting Anna Silivonchik’s exhibition «Many Letters». The exhibition coincides with the publication of the artist’s book «And they lived long and boringly». The opening will take place on May 27 at 19: 00. You will see Anna’s works from different periods: paintings and art objects with text serving as a founding element of the composition and forming the meaning of the works. At the opening, Anna will present and sign her books. In Anna Silivonchik’s art, the artistic and literary components often intertwine, interact, sometimes contradict each other, but often they show an example of synergy. There are things and phenomena that cannot be shaped in a verbal form and hence, they are forced to march in slender columns of paragraphs and chapters, starting with a paragraph. They can be expressed much more fully in the form of dance, music, and the visual arts… But it also occurs that abstract sensory images are not able to convey clearly and distinctly the full depth and completeness of a thought. And then we search for the right and important words.
By defending ourselves against the abundance of information that no perception filters can cope with, by defining it as a background, white noise, a contemporary person is able to digest it only in homeopathic doses. We draw most of the data we today from the Internet, simultaneously avoiding sentences that are too long, refusing to waste time on indigestible complex texts, quickly scanning the pages, clinging to the eyes of individual phrases, subheadings, pictures. This may not be a bad thing, but we live in a time when the number of people who want to create content exceeds the number of people who want to consume it thoughtfully. Therefore, in the works of Silivonchik, letters, first of all, play the role of an optional decorative element that are scattered on the canvas as bizarre ornaments. After all, the artist is fully aware that not every viewer will read carefully what is written. Prickly sharp fragments of reality, vague outlines of flashed insights, disembodied dark shadows of silent dreams, maniacal attempts to invent meanings in a mercilessly meaningless world add up to poetic-visual rhymes and rhythms. Anna piles words on top of each other, builds a Tower of Babel out of children’s blocks. Realizing the futility of what is happening, the artist speaks to the wall, draws circles on the water and teaches fish to swim simply because she is fascinated by this process.
A collection of works from different periods, the project «Many letters» is a kind of panopticon. The immanent exhibits of the show are Witnesses of the lack of presence of mind and invaluable priceless artifacts: a picturesque black eye under the opened third eye of a potato; the constellation of the Big Dog being star-struck; paroxysms of inspiration that give rise to obsessions; scattered beads of scabrous associations; spitting into the bottomless well of eternity; a worm of doubt on a shovel for digging onto yourself. If there was a word in the beginning, then there will be a dot in the end. And then a new sentence. There are a lot of letters…
The exhibition of the artist Anna Silivonchik «Many letters» is timed to the release of her book «And they lived long and boringly». The exhibition presents 30 works made in various techniques: from paintings to installations.