Thursday, September 25 at the Contemporary Art Gallery AcademArt presentation of the exhibition “Disappearing species”. Disappearing species were presented by famous Sumy photographers — Alexander Ershov, Elena Almazova and Alexander Belyavsky.</ strong>
The exhibition itself turned out to be an exciting creative duel, or, more precisely, a triel – the same, probably, if there are three participants in the duel? – three talented authors.
However, this time there were still collages. As we understood, the author depicted time on them. Moreover, the image of time is located just in the gap between the images of views on the cards (the author’s term) by Alexander Ershov. It must be said that the creative method of Alexander Ershov is also attractive because it allows the artist to tell stories, that is, to make his works talking. Unlike many creators of all genres, who demonstrate to the audience something incomprehensible and vague, passing off as landscapes and states of the author’s inner world, which the creator himself cannot unravel. This is an easy path, because such a mysterious nebula can easily be passed off as a metaphor. But Alexander Ershov follows a different path. He risks bringing clarity. And clarity is the most difficult path for an artist.
Then our interest was attracted by monochrome photographs Elena Almazova. Unlike her last Sumy solo exhibition, this time, probably taking into account some extreme opinions, Elena was as closed as possible. In her photographs, now it’s not that the author is gone – even other people in her are more like ghosts than living beings.
All the photos presented at the exposition were taken with the help of a special infrared filter, as we understand it, which helps to cut out some part of the spectrum and, thus, reveal the invisible. That is, something that exists, but we do not notice it.
Especially, in this sense, I was struck by a photo with the sun similar to crucified Christ. When you are on exhibition, be sure to pay attention to it. In general, the pictures of Elena Almazova pleased us with the discovery of a miracle among the ordinary – probably the most important thing in art photography and what is the prerogative of this particular type of art.
Against the background of the two previous dreamers-experimenters, the realist Alexander Belyavsky looks simpler. However, his creative method, as we found out from conversations with visitors, has many fans. We advise future visitors to pay attention to the bum with an apple – a photograph by Alexander Belyavsky. The entire series of photographs of this author exhibited at the exhibition is paired portraits of people and their things (or hobbies)
Ershov’s time disappears, Almazova’s people disappear. At Belyavsky, things are added to them. What then remains? The audience has the right to answer this question.
As a conclusion, let’s say that there are winners in this trial. But for each visitor they are different. Therefore, we can conclude that the risky step with the provocation of the audience to compare the authors was a success. The works of different photo artists did not cross out, but on the contrary, they supported and emotionally and meaningfully strengthened each other.
Those who could not get to the opening can form their own opinion and compare it with ours by visiting the “Disappearing Species” exhibition, which operates in the main building of the bank