An Arrangement of Perpetuities, 2017
wood, ice, soil, plants, inflatable vinyl pools, marine canvas, LEDs
dimensions variable

Future Generation Art Prize 2017
PinchukArtCentre, Kiev
February 25 - April 16, 2017

An Arrangement of Perpetuities
comprises three irregular sculptures of different dimensions, made from raw and manufactured materials. These are simultaneously massive and fragile; abstruse and poetic. The result is a system of intertwined elements, in which one – while being exploited – supports the existence of another. Inspired by the predecessors of rollercoasters known in the seventeenth-century Russia as ‘Russian Mountains’ (and in modern times referred to as ‘American Mountains’), they are an elaborated outcome of the artist’s research into complicated levels of physical and emotional states, including discipline, emancipation and exhaustion. The work is in an incessant process of transformation, evoking the seemingly uncomplicated relationship between control and surrender, absence and presence.
—Anna Smolak

photo: Sergey Illin