Fragment Gallery presents Alexander Shchurenkov’s solo exhibition “Once it happened, backfired” as a part of a programmimg at international association of galleries Vacation NYC.
“Once it happened, backfired” is a reflection of the artist on his past experience — the events that a person tries in vain to retain in his memory. The theme emerges as a kind of promise of getting acquainted and penetrating into a personal story and of immersing oneself in an account of what has happened. The viewer trustfully accepts this promise and, convinced by the artist of the correctness of his interpretations, becomes involved in a system of deceptively simple signs. The images, perceived as familiar and close, suddenly slip away from the viewer’s recognition: they neither reveal or clarify nor refer to anything.
The viewer may wonder why Shchurenkov employs all these “traps” of perception. The reason is that they are not just used to destroy a narrative and create a situation where it is impossible to imagine a coherent story but also serve as a means of transferring the event and its experience from a self-evident narrative into the space of the act of recollection itself. “I am talking about something” gives way to a very different semantic figure: “I am talking about how I am recalling something,” or — “I am talking about the desire to recall, and even a Japanese deity is winking at me from the nets placed in the stream of time”
Alexander Shchurenkov (was born in 1984).
He attended Michael Bitler’s three-week course «What the work tells about the tools» (Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts). Since 2016, he has been studying at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia). Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2004 from Moscow State University. Since November 2017, he has been a member of the artist-run space Center Red (Moscow). He currently lives and works in Moscow. The main theme of Schurenkov’s work is investigating the nature of basic psychological notions such as self-consciousness, self-determination, and self-sufficiency and extrapolating the results to society as a whole. The artist is interested in understanding how everyday objects become totems, as well as drawing the line between the sacralization and the desacralization of things that people see and use every day, experiencing self-identification with these objects, and investigating the changing meanings of garbage and abandoned and re-appropriated objects. His artistic techniques include working with everyday objects, from which he creates installations and sculptures, and exploring spatial limits in site-specific works.