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“Geometry of Light”. Exhibition by Vladimir Nasedkin and Tatiana Badanina
18 June 2016 — 28 August 2016
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The creative duo of Vladimir Nasedkin and Tatiana Badanina aims to explore the nature of space and the structure of light. The exhibition will run at Erarta Museum from 18 June to 22 August

“Geometry of Light” is a retrospective of Vladimir Nasedkin and Tatiana Badanina’s works over the last 15 years. The project reveals interaction fields of minimalist painting tradition, symbolic objects, optical techniques and architectural dramaturgy. The show is interesting both in terms of individual works and as an integral original installation. 

Vladimir Nasedkin’s minimalistic series “Geometry of Light” (2001–2009) is simply coloured: white, black, gray and beige. The dynamics of textures and lines creates tension of a deformed space: the paintings are akin to open-air sketches of architectural structures of the 1920s with an offset angle, characteristic of the aesthetics of constructivism. 

Tatiana Badanina addresses to the problem of light in the kinetic installation “Rainbow Generators” (2008–2012), transporting natural decomposition of spectrum into interior, and continues these searches in such optical objects as “Well” (2010) and “Reverse Perspective” (2010). The project of 2015 “White Robes” presents massive paper architectonic structures, referring to different cultures: details of church and ritual vestments, oriental dresses and simple robes carry on a dialogue on the subject and purpose of art. This approach demonstrates a new perspective on the phenomenon of clothing and reinterprets the avant-garde costume design experiments — works by Varvara Stepanova, Olga Rozanova and Alexandra Exter. 

 “The mythologem of “text and digit as space” that determined the whole visual culture of postmodernism, — comments on Vladimir Nasedkin’s works the art critic and curator Vitaly Patsukov, — is applicable for most of alternative contemporary projects, with slight variations in accents and contexts ... The art objects organically exist within this mythology, describing the world as a letter-space-digit Alphabet...  The ideas of ancient cultures twinkle in these geometric toposes, materializing into signs, physical elements and mathematical surfaces”. 

“If the artifacts by Nasedkina give the impression of permanence and invincibility — writes the American art historian and slavist John Boult, - the works by Badanina are rather dimensional, variable and ambiguous”.

about the artist

Tatiana Badanina (b. 1955) graduated from the Graphic Art Faculty of Nizhniy Tagil State Teacher's Training College, is a member of Russian Union of Artists (since 1989) and an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Her works are presented in the collections of the State Hermitage, the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and other public and private collections. 

Vladimir Nasedkin (b. 1954) graduated from the Graphic Art Faculty of Nizhniy Tagil State Teacher's Training College, is a member of Russian Union of Artists (since 1983), an Honored Artist of Russia (1996), an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts. His works are presented in the collections of the State Hermitage, the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and other public and private collections.

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