Misha Gudwin's solo exhibition at The Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantine Sorokin In Moscow.
Misha Gudwin: “Transform selected area“
January 29 - February 2, 2020
The Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantine Sorokin, Moscow
Fences, construction, hedges, prohibitions of entry – all these things surround us both in major cities and provincial towns. “Stop!” “Don’t go!” “Don’t step on the clean floor!” “No trespassing!” All this is followed by the gray suburbs and endless construction. But the bright interventionists of digital environment break through the industrial membrane of the city. The surface of puddles that get in the way transforms into alpha channel. Digital forms appear on the fencing net – models from 3D-graphics editors, visual references to internet subculture – webpunk. New symbols of modernity appear on marble and granite that once clad the buildings – whether cropped .png images from the web, or vector-type data from graphics editors.
“… There’s no difference between material and digital. The boundaries have melted away, and we are in the softwarized world where material objects and services like shops and ticket offices at the railway stations had become digital programs long ago. I suggest recording the type of modernity where digital is not something new and the human environment has lately combined features of material and digital space in it. For example, when we walk through the street, our consciousness is equally shared between the place where we stand and the mobile application that we use at the same moment.
… In my works I explore the interaction of street and digital environment. I appropriate the imagery and forms of graphics editors: the dotted frame, tools from the programs interface, the alpha channel and so on. Then they find their physical embodiment in spray and acrylic paint, like graffiti on the body of city objects and industrial textures “.
— Misha Gudwin