ISCP TalkOctober 11, 2011
Salon: Vasil Artamonov & Alexey Klyuykov and Beli Sladoled
For their Salon, Vasil Artamonov and Alexey Klyuykov will present early work. Artamonov and Klyuykov are Russian artists living in Prague. Their authorial teamwork was initiated in 2006 and they have since realized multi-component installations, mixing various media including sculpture, painting, objects and photography. The work of Artamonov and Klyuykov often deals with traumas related to the history of leftist politics and political art in 20th century Europe. Typically, they approach the events and problems represented with a mixture of fidelity and ironic distance.
For Beli Sladoled’s Salon, Leon Zuodar will present paintings and drawings from their residency. Beli Sladoled (white ice cream) is an artist collective consisting of two “academic painters,” Miha Perne and Leon Zuodar. Beli Sladoled experiment with drawing and work on the principle of the “Kinder egg”, where each exhibition is a surprise on its own. The collective considers the broader meaning of drawing, not just a framed picture, but rather as a part of every day life, engaging in various opportunities and situations. Their drawings are living forms that set off visible reactions among viewers, mostly laughter. Beli Sladoled play with casualness and humor in their practice, approaching drawing as far more than a sterile fine art medium. Besides their permanent collection of drawings, they have released an independent experimental comic strip album, a book compilation of drawings from different European artists, and many other book projects. Beli Sladoled have also collaborated on various artistic events, exhibitions and publications.