Peter Belyi. Tempest
September 10 — October 9, 12–8 pm
The global turbulence shaking the world — economic, political, migration crises, wars, ecological disasters — is revealed in the works of Peter Belyi through the images of the storm and the formal baroque garden.
Tempest is a biblical, Shakespearean, Pushkinian motif, onslaught of the elements that equalizes all and exposes the true nature of things. The tempest is a cleansing catastrophe that reminds us of the fragility of human lives and affairs. The implacability and inevitability of the storm are captured in expressive large-format monoprints. Contrary to the intent of printing technology, a monoprint cannot be duplicated. Black paint creates a unique image, unpredictable, unrepeatable and irreparable, like the elements.
The baroque garden, on the other hand, is a space where the elements are understandable and proportionate to people, organized by will and reason. Trees, lawns, ponds, and grottoes create an image of a world where a man is at the center, but in Peter Belyi's interpretation the garden is deserted and desolate. Only the ruins of fountains continue to spurt, yet there is no one to listen to their bubbling.
Peter Belyi (born 1971, Leningrad) is an artist and curator. Graduated from the Camberwell College of Arts (London) in 2000. Works with the medium of large-scale installation. Teaches at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. Petersburg State University. Winner of the Sergey Kuryokhin Award for Best Work of Visual Art (2010), Innovation Award for Best Curatorial Project (2014). He lives and works in St. Petersburg.
His works are in many museum collections around the world, including Margulies Collection (Miami), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Victoria and Albert Museum (London). He curated projects at numerous museum and gallery spaces around the world, including the Zurich Kunsthalle (Zurich) and MMSI (Moscow).
Exhibition arranged in collaboration with NAMEGALLERY
Curated by Alexander Dashevsky