Young artists from St Petersburg and Los Angeles
St Petersburg and Los Angeles seem an unlikely geographical pairing—the
inverse of each other, or perhaps distant doubles. Petersburg’s dark
winter days and nightless summers sweep its inhabitants
into a colossal mood swing with each new season, while the timeless
perpetuation of even temperatures in Los Angeles can make a person
crave gloomy solace. While St Petersburg’s center was built for
horse-carriages, its outer districts were laid with motorways so wide
they seem to have anticipated the car-crazy California individualism of
the Post Soviet generation. The result is a smog so dense
that, in both cities, it hangs in the air like an object.
The mounting of this exhibition is a chance to pair works made by
artists steeped in the phenomenological realities of these two distant
places, cities arguably founded around similar ideals, to see
whether modernism engendered a perspective which stayed true into the
21st century on polar opposites of the globe.
John Pearson, Julie Orser, Bari Ziperstein, Brett Cody Rogers, Emily
Newman, Adam Schwartz, Jen Schwarting, Gian Martin Joller, Victoria Fu,
Hadley Holliday, Jed Lind, Kostya Ushakov, Alyona
Krasnoshanova, Masha Domogatskaya, Olga Jitlina, Alina Belishkina, Yana
Klichuk, Masha Sha, Masha Godovannaya, Vladimir Lilo, Lale
Rodgarkia-Dara, Craig Havens, Alice Konitz, Katya Sytnik, Igor
Curator: Emily Newman
Assistant curator: Olga Jitlina.