"Random Coincidences". "Blue Noses" Group. Participant of the parallel program of “MANIFESTA 10”
Taking part in foreign museums and galleries exhibitions, the artists Mizin and Shaburov where surprised to find out the primary sources of some masterpieces of Russian Art. So they wondered: what is the Russian "contemporary art" after all? Why it may seem as secondary art? Wheather it's the result of a long self-isolation or a legasy of the Cold War?
One day American "Art-Forum" magazine published an essay, claiming that the "Russian contemporary art" never existed at all. It's just a kind of the copy-cat creative approach. In other words: the Soviet — and later the Russian — artists looked at the Western models and did the "same" things. We can find number of examples and just a few exceptions.
And the "Blue Noses" tried to fixe reverse interference as well.
It was kind of tradition. Great part of the Russian artists of the 60's XX cen. were unconscious Cezanne's followers and post-impressionists. In the 1980s the Undeground Art was an instrument of the ideological war, a message to the West: "I'm quite bourgeois, just like you are!" But after the USSR collapse there was no ideology to snatch this fallen instrument... In former days the "contemporary art" was just an attempt to broaden the outlook, to correlate with global trends. Then it shrank into itself and turned into a stylish trend, an amusement for the local compradors' coterie. But the period of unconscious imitation of foreign patterns is running out. The Moscow Biennale showed that we had developed the knack of reproducing the cut-and-dried Western mainstream. But it hardly content anybody. Public is wainting for something new.
The "Random Coincidents" project aimes to sum up the results. Сontemporary art still lives in the discourse of the 1990s. While allied spheres (e.g. literature) are developing, "contemporary art" has fallen into stagnation. The so-called "contemporary" and "traditional" methods are now absolutely equal. It's important, not imitate certain images, but use the to study the collective unconscious right here and right now. We all agree with this statement. Most of the artists are work like this. The only thing is inportant for now — understendng the new prioritets in the art and life.