January 20 - March 01, 2011

On January 20, 2011, the Marina Gisich Gallery is pleased to announce “Exit”, a solo exhibition of the artist Vitaly Pushnitsky presenting his new paintings and sculptures. This project represents a sort of art criticism experiment by the contemporary artist with an ironic view of the present.

The project is based on the theme of “offended geniuses, exiting art”. The artist is engaged in philosophical anthropology in the area of artistic expression. He digs 200-year-old samples out of world history, employs techniques of classical painting, and operates in meanings and symbols. One of his main issues is: how will today’s viewer perceive classical themes in contemporary art? Everything is borderline and rather sensitive. Irony argues with the seriousness of the context, and the rejection of color emphasizes the graphic quality of the series of paintings. However, more than anything else, the artist is interested in the relationship to reality, the summation of issues of form and content for works of art as such. “The key is not in what in particular is depicted. There is always a gap, as there is between a door and the jam. In this way, a painting is a closed door, but it has a crack: the subject, the method of representation, the name. Though perception is also important. A child in shorts looks like a ‘pioneer’ (or ‘scout’), but without shorts, becomes a little Cupid” says the artist.

Vitaly Pushnitsky is among the most talented and sought-after artists of the contemporary Russian art scene. He was selected by the reputable publishing house Phaidon for the catalog Vitamin P2 of 2011, which collects 100 artists from around the world in a single edition. Vitaly Pushnitsky is engaged in painting, installation, drawing, and sculpture. His works are displayed in both public and private collections in Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Holland, the USA, and Russia. His most recent solo exhibitions were held at the Krasnoyarsk Museum of Modern Art, the Perm Museum of Modern Art, and Gallery 22 in London.