Opening: Tuesday 25 September 2018, from 6.30pm onwards
Irina Razumovskaya was born in Leningrad, in the USSR, in 1990. Although she is too young to belong to the Ostalgia generation, the twenty-seventh-year-old sculptor seems to be discretely fascinated by it. A fascination for uncommon beauty, and for the unexpected, leads her to describe in her works the essential profiles of household items, parts of machinery, or even details of buildings with all their possible nuances of gritti-ness. In her first solo exhibition in Milan, entitled Inner Geometry, Irina Razumovskaya presents a body of new ceramic works that enrich her reflection on the theme of matter deterioration, as she seeks to bring out the subtle emotional ties that pervade her deliberately anti-narrative artistic practice. “I have experimented a lot with surfaces - says Razumovskaya - in order to reproduce the ageing on the surfaces of architectural structures, evoking the feeling of layers of peeling paint or of the stone slowly crumbling”.
Precisely to strengthen this conceptual link with architecture, she is experimenting with materials such as concrete. In the new Construct series, she combines sandblasted ceramic shapes with rough concrete surfaces creating a monochrome palette of grey tones. In this work, the intimate impression of an urban landscape is echoed, “which changes into a tangible experience through the layering of details and nuances”.
With Inner Geometry, Irina Razumovskaya collects imaginary finds from contemporary oneiric ruins, built on the vision of unconscious forms and symbols. She thus reiterates her firm conviction that lyricism consists more in concealing than in unveiling, and that art finds its maximum expression “between the lines” of a poem, between the cracks in ceramics, in the mystery, in its full etymological sense of what must not - or should not - be revealed.*
*Exctract from the curatorial essay by Fabrizio Meris
The exhibition will be open until October 26th 2018