First Summer School of Sculpture


Exhibition of works performed by the participants of the First Summer School of Sculpture of Katerina Sokolovskaya held in the Novgorod region. The School dedicated to the research of the forms of modern sculpture brought together 19 artists of various fields, most of whom are working with sculpture for the first time. The final projects of the participants included installations and objects placed in the natural landscape, as well as sculptures presented at the exhibition in the Third Place cultural space in St. Petersburg.

Reflection on the inner and the outer, hidden and turned out, whole and torn — became a theme for the exhibition. The seamy side of habitual social relationships has become more noticeable in the absence of the Internet and isolation from work and home-space. Being alone with oneself or in the company of new acquaintances, inner experiences and personal stories moved into sculptural images, telling about childhood peculiarities or pleasant memories, bodily pain and its healing, personal mythology and invented rituals.

The seamy side of the forest became exposed in the contrast of natural and urban. 19 residents of large cities remained in the estate, surrounded by forest, fields and a river. It is impossible to cross to the other side, it is impossible not to listen, it is impossible not to smell the goat’s milk. Under the asphalt there turned up moss, rotten wood and mushrooms, under the tape and silicone — river mud, ants and branches. 

The seamy side and what was inside escaped and turned out through the body, through collective drawings, through poetic texts and automatic writing. A sculpture, whole or torn to pieces, left in a forest clearing or transported hundreds of kilometres away to the exhibition space, treasure this perception.

Artists: Natal’ya Chobanyan, Marina Antonova, Katya Selezneva, Yulia Baryatinskaya, Aleksandra Chernyshevskaya, Liliya Tremboveckaya, Natali Oparina, Liliya Bakanova, Vika Kozlovskaya, Vladislav Dovgopyatiy, Vinsent Yanovskiy, Igor' Yanovskiy, Sonya Archugova, Vanya Belyaev, Tata Gorian, Ol’ga Subbotina, Asya Aseeva, Pavel Grazhdanskij, Katerina Sokolovskaya.