GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design is pleased to present Taint, the gallery’s first contemporary exhibition. Taint brings together the work of ten contemporary artists based in the UK and Russia. Curated by Hannah Campion (London) and Katya Sivers (Moscow), the exhibition is a timely exploration of these two cultural scenes, shown during the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.
8 April – 3 May 2014
Artists with diverse backgrounds and interests were selected to represent the broad range of practices in the emerging Moscow and London contemporary art scenes. Working across a variety of media, the artists exhibiting at Taint interrogate painting and how its definition might be explored and expanded. Taint opens a discussion on the ways in which painting might be used to question both its own history and the motivations of the artists who use the medium. The exhibition examines the dynamics between paint, surface and gesture as the constituent elements of painting; the exhibiting artists explore and exploit these new dynamics in a variety of different ways.
The Russian artists’ fields of interest range from social protest (Lisa Plavinsky) and the representation of the everyday (Ekaterina Lupanova) to the conceptual problems of originality and artificiality in painting (Anton Kuznetsov, Katya Sivers, Ivan Novikov). A related question about the ‘truth’ of a reproduced image is investigated amongst the UK-based artists, through photography (Claire Undy) and film (Heather Ross). The possibility of representing abstract ideas within systematic combinations of form (Jacopo Trabona) and of line and colour (Adam Burns) is explored alongside work which tests the boundaries of what painting can be (Hannah Campion).