A Russian gallerist, Marina Shtager, opens up her new space for experimental projects in London with Too Much as Not Enough display.
Artist, curator, dealer, provocateur and polymath Marcel Duchamp is a Pandora of art history for a few, and John the Baptist of current and contemporary art for the others. Among numerous disturbances of the request and typicality of what was set to be called 'art, in 1935 he made Boîte-en-valise, or box in a bag — a versatile smaller than normal monograph including sixty-nine propagations of the artist's own work. In the next years, he made different versions of the cases, with changing substance and lavish touch, including an uncommon release for long time companion Peggy Guggenheim. Is it an arrangement of artist's work or an individual bit of work, or possibly both? As perplexing as ever, Duchamp was not intending to give an unequivocal answer.
The inaugural exhibition at the Shtager Gallery in London brings under a similar rooftop into a smaller space not only a solitary craftsman but rather a different gathering and solo 'shows'. The reasonable motion of Duchamp is impossible to miss in the contemporary setting of commercialisation, gentrification and shortage. What number of accounts and stories can deliberately fit into a little trial space?
Duchamp foreseen and added to the organization of many types of introduction inside and past creative fields with his radical and brave advancements. Educational modules Vitae and an individual explanation are simply the standard mode introduction nowadays. The radical way of his legacy is ageless, and in the streams of emergencies in contemporaneity turns out to be more than important and even earnest.
The gallery will exhibit a whole array of the Russian artists, among them are: Amir -Nasr Kamgooyan, Marina Alexeeva, Vita Buivid, Alexander Dashevsky, Andrei Gorbunov, Maria Arendt, Alexandr Shishkin-Hokusai, Ludmila Belova, Vital Pushnitsky. Attention deficit as a by-product of the culture of acceleration leads us to the necessity to be more efficient in practically all aspects of modern life. The functions of the museum, gallery, artist-run and independent project spaces are merging now with one another in search of a new meaning as social and political conditions of artistic production are evolving into the new, seemingly tougher, but possibly, just different forms and boundaries. Revisiting in this context the most influential ideas of the age of manifestos is more than necessary.
A portable exhibition is presented here in the form of an intellectual vortex: it draws the viewer into its own laws for the matter, gravity and light. Just like in the space of contemporary media, where the increasing number of simultaneous voices create more autonomous images of subjective reality.
By placing the artists in an experimental, multiversal and hardly comprehensible conversation, a strategic cacophony, there is an emergence of the question on what we observe in the constantly speeding-up societies: is too much novelty, not enough?
The Shtager Gallery changed its focus from the cultural ‘too much as not enough’ to the first exhibition in an upcoming yearly cycle of research in contemporary miniature art practices in capital of Russia, St Petersburg, to one of the global art capitals, London, the UK, in 2017. Founder of the gallery Marina Shtager has been working in the professional art world since 2006 in the roles of director and curator. She founded Shtager Gallery in 2014. Elephant & Castle is the experimental art space conceived by the Shtager Gallery in cooperation with Morris & Associates in 2017.
The Programme of events
The Archives / a solo presentation of Ludmila Belova June 2 – 9 opening June 1, 19.00
Temple of Futures Thinking at Elephant & Castle / a solo presentation of Avenir Institute June 16 – 22 opening June 15, 19.00