BRURAL: Crossroads of Equality and Irregularity is the fifth exhibition in the BRURAL series, founded and curated by New York artist and curator Irina Danilova. Both Brooklyn and the Ural region of the Russian Federation are currently experiencing a palpable sense of renewal powered by their emergence as major hubs of contemporary art. Project59, Inc. founded the BRURAL (Brooklyn+Ural) series to offer artists and curators from New York and the Urals an opportunity to present their works together in order to expand cultural dialogue, explore the two dynamic art worlds, and promote creative collaborations. This year BRURAL returns to the Temporary Storage Gallery in Bushwick. Ilya Shipilovskikh, Director of Art Gallery at Boris Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg, is the guest curator.
Featured artists are Anna Andrzhievskaya, Alberto Marcos Bursztyn, Calum Craik, Irina Danilova&Hiram Levy, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful and Meredith Holch, Alex Etewut, Nicholas Fraser, Michel Gerard, Ilya Gryshaev, Maria Gyarmati, Ed Herman, Leonid Imennykh, Daria Irincheeva, Alexandr Khubeev, Dmitry Mazurov and Mieczyslaw Waskowski, Danil Khutorianskii, Asya Marakulina, ODEKAL, Rachel Owens, Margaret Roleke, and Marina Temkina. Their work is comprised of objects and installations, video art, documentary films, archival materials, drawings, graphics, and mixed media works.
Aristotle identified uniformity as the central property of time, but human experience suggests otherwise. An hour, a day, or a year are fixed time intervals, yet in our lives we travel through time and space in multiple subjective and socially contextualized ways. The irregularity of our trajectories coexists with the constant properties of the physical world. We set different goals predicated on our disparate starting points. Time passes differently for various cultures, so it is for Russians who came to the Urals to live among Zyrians, Komi, Khanty, Tatars and Bashkirs, and for Europeans who settled in North America among indigenous peoples, to be later joined by a multitude of immigrants from all regions of the planet. How do the social conditions created in these geographically distant societies foster different ideas, ideals, and worldviews? This exhibition explores the points of contact and differences, pursues questions about conditions for co-existence in different systems and spatial coordinates; ultimately it strives to reveal how the irregularity of perceived time, geographical parameters, sociopolitical structures, and cultural environments contribute to varying degrees of freedom, equality, and social consciousness.
Exhibition BRURAL: Crossroads of Equality and Irregularity will be open from February 19th through March 5th 2016 (Wednesday – Saturday, 1 - 7 pm) at the Temporary Storage Gallery at 119 Ingraham St, in Bushwick (Enter through Terra Firma)
Opening reception: Friday, February 7, from 7pm to 10pm.
Closing reception: March 5, 7-10 pm