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The Kalashnikovv Gallery was established in 2013 by long term collaborators M.J Turpin and Matthew Dean Dowdle, out of frustration with the current South African Contemporary Art world and by extension, the prevailing “white cube” gallery discourse. They chose to create a hybrid space, bouncing to and fro between an independent artist run space, project space and commercial gallery space. Another key factor in the gallery’s inception was the decision not to compartmentalise creativity by showing art that is solely validated through academic practice and saleability.
The Kalashnikovv ethos will forever champion the progressive alternative, the “outsider”, the artist as curator and the independent artist in all their creative guises and manifestations. Their existence is an endeavour to change perceptions around art, to move the industry forward as a whole, to be a catalyst for change and to make art accessible for all. Kalashnikovv strives to create exhibitions and scenarios that will cause artists, curators and the public to question their own place in this ever evolving art world.This allows Kalashnikovv to be the first gallery to stop asking what art is, and rather answer where it can be found.
Kalashnikovv Gallery is pleased to present the second solo exhibition for Elizaveta Rukavishnikova, opening at 6:30pm on the last First Thursdays of the year:
The works of Elizaveta Rukavishnikova made for “Code Request", transport the viewer into a world beyond the present. They are at once charming, perplexing and very idiosyncratic. Incorporating texts as a means to narrate an image (some texts intelligible through recognizable letter types and others less so through languages and pictograms that we as viewers do not know but can somehow instinctively feel), she weaves tapestries of images that are bold, innovative and incredibly fresh. There are references to popular culture and contemporary social images that appear alongside almost historical references from her native Russian culture, pop art-like images as would be found in comic books around space travel and fantastic worlds.
With an enormous body of works on scrolls of wallpaper, paintings on satellite dishes adorned with beads and abacus like beaded tapestries that become sculptural, Rukavishnikova transports us to another time and place with a voice that is truly unique. One would have to go a long way to find a body of work that has this level of uniqueness and obsession. In addition to the use of pictogramic language and syfers, she has utilised blue ink and blue paint (an almost Yves Klein blue) so effectively as to master it and make it a signature of her style. Her dedication and obsessiveness over the last year (often working through nights on end) results in a fantastical show of sheer delight. A spectacle not to be missed!
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