Alexej MeschtschanowAlexej Meschtschanow
Exhibitions 2013

Alexej Meschtschanow

 

 

Alexej Meschtschanow, „Stuhl Nr. 4”, 2005. Stühle, Stahlrohr, Kunststoff, 78 x 56 x 173 cm. © Foto: Gunter Binsack

 

 

The Anti-Gene

Objects/Sculptures

Exhibition Duration: 05. May – 07. July 2013
Opening on Sunday, May 5th, at 11.30 am. 
Welcome: Gudrun Thiessen-Schneider.
Introduction: Veronika Olbrich, Ministry of Science and Culture, Hanover

Alexej Meschtschanow was born in Kiev in 1973, and now lives and works in Berlin.  He studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig between 1997 and 2005, and in 2008 was a master student at the Academy under Timm Rautert.
 At the Kunstverein Grafschaft-Bentheim, Meschtschanow developed an installation setting for the individual works.  For the first time in his career, he also created an outdoor sculpture ("Rezidiv") that corresponds to the pieces in the exhibition rooms.

The Anti-Gene

MeMeschtschanow's objects, primarily furniture finds and photographic archive material, are often almost enclosed by dominant metal structures, detained, corrected, or even abused.  Normal use of the furniture is made difficult by "supporting corsets" of white steel tubing frames, which act as a "ball and chain".  Glazed portraits are pressed against the wall by projecting mounts so forcefully that the glass breaks, and the mounts also occasionally penetrate directly into the portraits.  The ensemble of broken glass remains fixed, however, in its original shape.

The title for the exhibition "Das Gegengen" ("The Anti-Gene"), that Meschtschanow selected also for onomatopoeic aspects, refers to the decisive influence of human genes on the development of each individual.  DNA is substantially in the forefront of the coordinates of an individual's developmental horizon, and determines their course of life.  This genetic setting often prevents us from achieving ambitious goals in life.  Learning processes that we would have to pass through on the way to the targeted ideal necessarily seem to counteract this instinct of self-preservation.

But in addition to the genes or the human instincts, an ideal development of the individual's personality is determined and limited heavily by external influences as well, as Meschtschanow's works of art show vividly.  The rigid metal frames, for example, preventing a free or alternate arrangement of chairs, can stand as a metaphor for social constraints emanating from the school as an institution, the Church or the State, or the personal environment of each individual.

In one scene of the popular film "The Matrix," the underground revolutionary character Morpheus offers the protagonist Neo two pills:  a blue or a red capsule.  Taking the blue capsule means remaining as you are; the red, on the other hand, causes an intense shift in consciousness that brings dramatic changes in the quality of a person's mental and physical abilities.  A beautiful possibility… Yet, since this red magic pill does not exist in reality, and you have to spend the rest of your life with yourself, a confrontation with one's genetic heritage is inevitable. (Translation: Taylor Champoux, Markus Pfeifer)

Sponsored by the city of Neuenhaus and the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture.

Events

July 7th, 6 p.m
Finissage with artist talk / reading

June 27th, 7.30 p.m: lecture "Die russische Avantgarde und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Kunst heute". Referent: Siegfried Hentke

Kyrill Koval , Edition "Nordhorn, Neuenhaus, Lingen 2011–2012" : His work is a combination of black and white photography of historic architecture alongside large areas of color / on display during the opening hours. 

Parallel 22: Sarah Janssen, photos and videos, 04.17. – 05.19.2013. (Altes Rathaus Neuenhaus, Hauptstraße 24, opposite to the Kunstverein) see here

Chair No. 4
Chair No. 4
Dummy
Dummy
Babai
Babai
exhibition view
exhibition view
exhibition view
exhibition view
garden work 'Rezidiv'
garden work 'Rezidiv'
Bopparder Kannapee (Detail)
Bopparder Kannapee (Detail)
Bopparder Kannapee
Bopparder Kannapee
Background
Background