Notes From the Overpass: Young artists from St Petersburg and Los Angeles

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Notes From the Overpass: Young artists from St Petersburg and Los Angeles
Curated by: Emily Newman

Georgsgatan 18, 3:rd floor.
00120 Helsinki
August 22nd, 2007 - September 9th, 2007
Opening: August 22nd, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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.

Participating Artists:

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 Vasilyev

Curator: Emily Newman
Assistant curator: Olga Jitlina.