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  • Sanya Kantarovsky. You Are Not an Evening, installation view GAK Bremen 2013, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: You Were Welcome Here, 2013, Courtesy Tanya Leighton
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: Untitled (You Are Not an Evening I–V), 2013, Courtesy Marc Foxx, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: You Expected Something Different, 2013, Courtesy the collection of Christen & Derek Wilson
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: Yellow Room, 2013, Courtesy Marc Foxx; Sanya Kantarovsky: You Are the Occasion, 2013, Courtesy Tanya Leighton, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: You Are the Occasion, 2013, Courtesy Tanya Leighton
  • Sanya Kantarovsky. You Are Not an Evening, installation view GAK Bremen 2013, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky. You Are Not an Evening, installation view GAK Bremen 2013, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: Yellow Room, 2013, Sanya Kantarovsky: We and You Gradually Form a Unit, 2013, both courtesy Marc Foxx, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: We and You Gradually Form a Unit, 2013, Courtesy Marc Foxx
  • Sanya Kantarovsky. You Are Not an Evening, installation view GAK Bremen 2013, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: Untitled (You Are Not an Evening I–V), 2013, Detail, Courtesy Marc Foxx, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: Untitled (You Are Not an Evening I–V), 2013, Detail, Courtesy Marc Foxx, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: Blue Room, 2013, Courtesy Marc Foxx; Sanya Kantarovsky: You Expected Objects, 2013, Courtesy Tanya Leighton, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: You Expected Objects, 2013, Courtesy Tanya Leighton
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: You Are Not Someone Here but Something, 2013, Courtesy Tanya Leighton, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Sanya Kantarovsky: You Are Not Someone Here but Something, 2013, Courtesy Tanya Leighton

Sanya Kantarovsky
You Are Not an Evening

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26.05–25.08.2013

„Sie haben sich etwas erwartet.
Sie haben sich vielleicht etwas anderes erwartet.
(…)
Jedenfalls haben Sie sich etwas erwartet.
Allenfalls haben Sie sich das erwartet, was Sie hier hören.
Aber auch in diesem Fall haben Sie sich etwas anderes erwartet.“
(Peter Handke, Publikumsbeschimpfung, Frankfurt/Main 1981, S. 15)

Characteristic for the paintings of Sanya Kantarovsky (*1982 in Moscow, lives in New York) is a juxtaposition of abstract and concrete elements and their vivid interaction. A canvas that seems to combine purely abstract forms upon first sight, for example, can turn out to depict a drawn curtain or an arm, rendered visible by the addition of a single, inconspicuous painted hand. The abstract arrangement of two simple, intersecting lines might equally be perceived as windows and doors. Within the artist’s work, figuration and abstraction are at once present and absent as elements of mutual dependence and interrogation. The representational parts are reminiscent of disparate sources: items painted in the elegance of Fred Astaire or in the tradition of the famous illustrations of New Yorker magazine stand alongside others recalling political visual propaganda from the 1930s Soviet era or illustrations from children’s books. The subtle melancholic humor of a Franz Kafka informs the atmosphere of these images, complemented by a light touch and gentle use of color. His canvases are multilayered organisms that eliminate the difference between the concrete and abstract, high and low, the decorative and the politically engaged, through their precise juxtaposition. On first sight, they seem to be seductively accessible but a close inspection reveals that all terms of how things should be regarded or classified are invalidated.

The new series of paintings for „You are Not an Evening“ rather shows a state of the before, the afterwards, the behind and the in-between than depicting the actual incident: individuals are shown departing the scene, with their backs turned to the viewer or even all but gone from view. Figures stare in fascination at something that lies beyond the bounds of our perception. Elsewhere, abstract forms encroach upon the image’s narrative like dark clouds… For his paintings Sanya Kantarovsky develops a situation in the GAK, where a blue glass plate serves as an filter for perception and a linear sculpture opens a space within the space. A labyrinthine structure, a hybrid of autonomous sculpture and exhibition display, interacts with the specifics of the institutional architecture, brings to mind the process of perception of the viewer by forced movement and enacts the exhibition as a play.

Sanya Kantarovsky was born 1982 in Moscow and lives in New York. He studied fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and the University of Los Angeles. He has exhibited at LaxArt (Los Angeles) and several galleries internationally, and curated the group show Things, Words and Consequences at Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2012. He is currently working on an animated film for LaxArt and is working on a two person presentation with Frances Stark for Art Basel Features. „You are Not an Evening“ is his first institutional exhibition in Europe.

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26.05–25.08.2013

Curated by
Janneke de Vries

Annual edition

Sanya Kantarovsky: o.T., 2013

Events

Sat 25.05.13, 7 pm
Opening
(Long Night of the Museums)

Thu 06.06.13, 7 pm
Guided tour with Janneke de Vries

Thu 27.06.13, 7 pm
Prof. Michael Glasmeier: Other Studios. Post Studio Art and Studiolo
Lecture

Thu 11.07.13, 7 pm
Jacques Tati: Playtime, 1967
Film screening

Thu 25.07.13, 7 pm
Prof. Samuel Nyholm: Tweets From the Cave Wall
Lecture (en)

Thu 08.08.13, 7 pm 
Sanya Kantarovsky: Moving Allegories
Animated short films

Thu 22.08.13, 7 pm
Guided tour with Sandra Hampe

Support

The Senator for Culture, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation

Special Thanks
The artist wants to thank Nils Von Berg.

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