Artists: Bogdan Ablozhnyy and Andrey Bogush
The works by Andrey Bogush and Bogdan Ablozhnyy reflect fear and anxiety that are constantly following people nowadays and explore the reasons behind these feelings. Andrey Bogush’s endless project Proposals captures images in their transition state when they already are in a new condition but the works are not fulfilled and they remain to be proposals for something different. Now he counterposes the static character of his photograph and painting to the transformation embodied in printed proposals; he questions the difference between ideas incarnated on the surface and the ones that are put in the core of the thing. Mysterious concatenation of circumstances is the one of the recurrent motifs in Bogdan Ablozhnyy’s works.
Numerous coincidences magnify the suspense created by artist’s installations. He poses a question of the relationship between individual and the State by printing F-scale test and Pasolini-inspired unfinished novel on flags as two contradicting manifests and writing a poem on his experience of crossing the border. While Andrey focuses on images, Bogdan works with text – but both suggest to rethink the current moment of life.
In his practice Bogdan Ablozhnyy (1994) references writings, video installations, performances and sculpture as well as such specific genres as situation, black labour and unfinished novel, allowing for narrative and formal contradiction simultaneously encourage and impede identification. Bogdan Ablozhnyy lives and works in Saint Petersburg and Frankfurt am Main.
In his work, Andrey Bogush (b. 1987) probes the unstable nature of image production by transferring digital images onto various analogue materials. His large-scale installations have been exhibited at the The Finnish Museum of Photography, NRW Forum in Düsseldorf and the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki. He lives and works between Helsinki and Berlin.
Osnova Gallery (press release)