Mar 01 2011

A Persistence of Memory

ARE PROUD TO PRESENT:

A Persistence of Memory

Exhibition of Works by: Alexandra Dementieva and mikhael a crest sator ArXeNeKrOHeN, with a Performance by Daria Pravda

We warmly invite you to attend the opening reception this Wednesday,
the 2nd of March
6:30pm – 10:00 With a performance at 9:00PM
81 Wooster St. Suite 4wm, New York, NY
rsvp[at]frantsgallery.com

A Persistence of Memory

Exhibition of Works by Alexandra Dementieva and mikhael a crest sator ArXeNeKrOHeN with a Performance by Daria Pravda
In Alexandra Dementieva installation, Mirror’s Memory, a viewer is confronted with a “magic” looking glass; where, besides his own reflection, he sees images of other visitors who came by the mirror before him. An interactive “magic carpet” memorizes the viewers presence, and then generates their images in random groups. This is a “remembrance of things past” – persons passed before this mirror, that are now stored in the memory of this installation.
mikhael a crest sator ArXeNeKrOHeN presents a series of objects collectively entitled as Cause of Memories 153. Most of them are variations of his famous Bragophone ; the alchemic apparatus that transforms yeast into light and sound, in addition to the intoxication liquid. Even though alcohol is often associated with “drinking to forget”, the artist here uses it to explore all the aspects of memory – from its causes, to total oblivion. In some cases the spirit in the Bragophone takes a viewer to the spiritual realm and becomes a “remembrance of things future”, like a possible dialogue with Sol LeWitt.
Yet, not everything in this exhibition is “soak and mirrors”. The bragophones are serviced by a captivating handmaiden – the performance artist Daria Pravda – who is dressed in a fashion that is reminiscent of the erotic scene of the prewar Vienna. Her presence might cause some fascinating memories of our own.

Text by Irina Barskova
Art Historian