Evgeniy Averin. Inversive Force Objects



TUE — SUN 12:00-21:00
Возрастные ограничения 6+

About the exhibition

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops present Evgeniy Averin's project Inversive Force Objects. The exhibition is held as part of the MMOMA Young Art Support Programme.

Evgeniy Averin has a degree in materials science and a background of working as an engineer at a steel testing laboratory of a metallurgical facility. In the project, the artist borrows materials and methods from his engineering job. Despite the literal ‘materiality’ the works are endowed with, the project’s focus is shifted towards people, their connection with the environment and contemporaneity.

The exhibition features seven installations that represent different types of destructive testing. In one of these works, Tests for Hardness, Strength, Viscosity, Fluidity, the artist explores the changes to which human nature is subjected, drawing an analogy with the materials used, as words denoting human qualities and physical properties of materials often sound the same. In the video, Averin documents various stages of mechanical testing on steel samples. Tested samples, protocols with the results, as well as the National State Standards that regulate the tests are presented next to the works in booklets.

Another work, Charts, shows deformation curves for tensile tests of steel samples. The lines are generated automatically by software and are informed mainly by the material’s characteristics. The abundance of possible interpretations for graphs that show increasing load and fluctuations in values from highest to lowest invites the audience to make their own sense of the work.

Experiments on merging art and industrial practices started a century ago but are still relevant. The ideas of industrial art today, in the context of contemporary art, give a metaphorical perspective on production processes, which is evidenced by Evgeniy Averin's exhibition.

About the artist

Evgeniy Averin was born in Bryansk in 1988, studied materials science at the Bryansk State Technical University. Graduated from the educational platform of the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In his works, Evgeniy uses painting with elements of assemblage, collages, objects, videos, elements of street art as well as other practices. Evgeniy had a solo exhibition in Jena (Germany), at the Gasthaus Zur Noll space (2019), and in his hometown of Bryansk, at the Module Cultural Centre (2021). He took part in several group exhibitions in Moscow, such as Adaptation, Workshop 2021 (MMOMA, Moscow), Escape (K320 Gallery, Moscow), Programmable Art (Krasnokholmskaya Gallery) and others.

About the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops

The School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops is an educational platform of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art for young artists and curators. It was founded in 1992 by a group of artists and art historians, including Alexander Ponomarev, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Vladimir Nasedkin, and Moscow State University professors Vera Dazhina and Valery Turchin. Its students attend workshops of the best speakers, successful cultural leaders, well-known philosophers, and contemporary art theorists. During the educational programme, young artists and curators immerse themselves in the artistic world, participate in workshops, group exhibitions and festivals. Being a part of the Museum, Free Workshops offer the audience a unique opportunity to study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art from its epicentre. At every stage of their journey the artists are supported by the Museum and the School. They are encouraged to take part in group exhibitions (annual exhibitions of young art, group projects by young curators) and to have solo exhibitions (MMOMA Young Art Support Programme).


1. Evgeniy Averin, from the Materials Science series, 2021-2023 digital printing (с) Evgeniy Averin

2. Evgeniy Averin, Indentation (с) Evgeniy Averin

3. Evgeniy Averin, from the Materials Science series, 2021-2023 frame from the Rupture video (с) Evgeniy Averin

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