Solo Exhibition of Egor Plotnikov
Егор Плотников. Ветреный день. 2018, холст, масло, 150х200 см.
Егор Плотников. За далью даль. 2019, холст, масло, 170х250 см.
Егор Плотников. Недалеко от дома. 2017, холст, масло, 200х270 см.
Егор Плотников. Октябрь. 2020, холст, масло, 150х200 см.
Егор Плотников. Отражение. 2018, холст на картоне, масло, 30х35 см.
Date: December 1, 2021 — January 16, 2022
Venue: GOGOLEVSKY 10/2
Curated by Natasha Pankina
Project partner — Triumph gallery
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art together with the Triumph gallery is proud to present Great Perspectives, a solo exhibition of the artist Egor Plotnikov. The exhibition includes more than 50 works, featuring paintings and sculptures which interact and can even be described as a single work of art.
In the project at the MMOMA, Plotnikov explores forms of the relationship between the landscape and the viewer through the transformation of his usual ways of exhibiting by deliberately disconnecting painting and sculpture. This approach implies a new reading of the works presented in the framework of the artist’s previous projects over the last fifteen years, as well as provides an opportunity to trace the creative process behind the paintings and sculptures made especially for the Great Perspectives exhibition.
In his search for inspiration, the artist turns to the places where he grew up, and despite the fact that his landscapes often have a fairly precise geographical reference, the author manages to maintain the simplicity and universality of the depicted, which invariably evokes a sense of nostalgia and recognition. At the same time, the sculptures displayed in the exhibition rooms remain distinct from the paintings. These white figures, as if fully immersed in their own thoughts and memories, displace a real living person, separating them from the landscape, but not from empathy.
Plotnikov persistently returns to the metaphor of the road: a road yet to be traversed, a road without beginning or end, where the path is not a means to an end, but symbolizes a process and time for reflection. Thus, the landscape ceases to be merely a backdrop for the events taking place, but becomes the protagonist of the story unfolding before us, and even the seeming emptiness of the landscape is imprinted in the mind of the hero, giving him space for reflection.