Alexander Brodsky: WINZAVOD CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART.
Other works by Brodsky were on view in Moscow concurrently with Night Before the Attack. An exhibition of conceptual architecture from the 1980s and early '90s at the Tretyakov Gallery included twelve of his finely detailed, whimsical etchings made in collaboration with Ilya Utkin, which inserted human characters into architectural drawings to narrate the alienating aspects of urban space. The Third Moscow Biennale at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture included Brodsky's 20 Trash Bins, 2002, in which the glass-and-mirror grid of a futuristic fantasy city spread inside rows of rusted Dumpsters. Interior and exterior engaged in a spatial montage as the bins' crusty substance collided with the naive ambition of the toy city. Devices seen in these earlier works were employed again in Night Before the Attack: The basement ruins became a shabby shell that contained a narrative of vulnerability. The large scale presented Brodsky with new opportunity. This time, rather than modeling structures on the shrunken scale of comics or toys, allowing the viewer to contemplate up close the gap between architecture's aspirations and realities, Brodsky lined a real relic of the past with an evocation of an uncertain future. As you walked among the mass repetition of identical figurines in near-identical tents, the present felt slower; the flicker of fake fire in the statues' motionless faces suspended the moment.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 2010|
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