Aljoscha

A Biology of Happiness

“Биоизм” / “Bioism”
Erarta Museum, St. Petersburg 2014

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BIOFUTURISM AS A PART OF LIFE

THE NEW ERARTA TEMPORARY EXHIBITION INTRODUCES BIO-ART BY THE ARTIST ALJOSHA TO THE LOCAL AUDIENCE. HIS CREATIONS LIVE IN MUSEUM HALLS AND DIE ON THE CITY STREETS AROUND THE WORLD.

The artist was born in Ukraine, currently lives in Germany, and considers Erarta exhibition an interesting experiment. “European public is more prepared for contemporary art: museums are mostly attended by experts. But in Erarta I noticed a lot of ordinary people who are just curious — says the artist. — Many of them perceive art as entertainment. My works here are not the ultimate goal, but a part of this world, a part of the most ordinary life. And it is very interesting for the artist. Erarta is an excellent venue”.

The exhibition is divided into two parts. The first part features a sculptural group made of acrylic, plastic and fiberglass: a large transparent object floating above small substances. However, it can be interpreted differently: the large object can be an increased model of microcosm, and the small ones are in fact the giant creatures or a model of macrocosm.

Aljosha creates sculptures that remind colorful corals, fancifully twisted molecules or bouquets of nonexistent flowers. And he places them not only in museum halls. The second part of the exhibition presents photographic evidences of what happened to the sculptures on the streets of different cities. Once he placed a blood–red substance under a tank monument in Havana. Another time he fit the bouquet–like bioforms into the hands of Ronald Reagan’s sculpture in Budapest.

«I take my art-object out to the real world; I place them into various and even absurd situations and thereby I deprive the art sphere of its privileged nimbus. People react differently, usually my sculptures die, get broken or stolen. For me art is a personal philosophical activity, and art objects become its byproduct which is, just like everything else in the world, ephemera”, — says the artist.

Text by Olga Safroshina