all images and video courtesy and copyright Pusenkoff&Pusenkoff
Reality is a funny concept. This is especially true in the arts, where the borders of fictional invention and real life blur through artistic manipulation. The Russian painter and performance artist George Pusenkoff (*1953) and his son, photo- and video artist Ilya Pusenkoff (*1982), currently explore these borders in their first joint exhibition "After Reality" at Museum Ludwig in Koblenz. As a Cologne-based artist duo, PUSENKOFF&PUSENKOFF approach an interdisciplinary dialogue between their artistic material: The still and the moving image - the abstract and the figurative. This dialogue is mediated by a third protagonist, the visitor, who sees his own shadow and his movements mirrored in video projections that display tons of colours floating down the surface; who doubts his perception when looking at a digital image of an ocean that seems to stand still and however moves.
Where George Pusenkoff has been questioning the relationship of fiction and perception for example with his expansive project 'Mona Lisa Travels', a multiplied series of digital, pixelated Mona Lisa replica that he send into space (seriously) and eventually exhibited at the 51. Venice Biennial, his son adds a highly theatrical and emotional aspect to the exploration. Documenting and assisting his father's working processes and exhibitions for some years, Ilya Pusenkoff's involvement as an active partner develops a meta-reflexive layer to the collaborate work, which observes and similarly reinvents the common conception of paint. Not so much the drop or the brushstroke, but rather the pixel, as an autonomous symbol in their shared practice, is elevated to an initial source of the art work. The infinite need to experiment with their material and after all, not allowing any borders to stop them from exploring them further and further, makes their art stand out as unique and as absolutely worth following.
until the 07.04.2013
Finissage: This Sunday, 7th of April up from 11h
The exhibition will tour to the Russian State Museum in St Petersburg and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
Danziger Freiheit 1
56068 KoblenzOpening Hours: Tue-Sat 10.30-17h; Sun & Bank Holiday 11-18h
Entrance: 5 / 2,5 Eur, Kids & Teenagers free