TurnPark Art Space is pleased to announce the exhibition of Konstantin Simun “Faces.” It will take place on the grounds of TurnPark.
“I see art everywhere I look. Sometimes people ask me how I work, and I say: ‘I’m just cleaning the street,’” Simun says, laughing. “But everything I pick up either is, or becomes, a work of art.”
Konstantin Simun’s monumental sculpture The Broken Ring on the shore of Lake Ladoga is well known by every resident of St. Petersburg, Russua, and around the world.
Bostonians love his work Doo-Doo, memorial to the Puppeteer Igor Fokin, installed on Harvard Square, Cambridge. Simun's works were exhibited in the Russian Museum, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, and many others, and now at TurnPark!
"As all Soviet artists who emigrated to the West at an advanced age, Konstantin Simun was forced to prove his right to his own identity. He thematicized the cultural shock inevitably experienced by an artist of his generation, formed in virtually complete isolation from the situation developing in the West.
He did not try to hide his inspiration from encounters with American culture and American objective world in particular. He totemized ready made industrial forms, appealing to the extra-normative sensuality." (from Alexander Borovsky’s article “Simun the Beginner”)
The exhibition “Faces” represents the series of masks/heads - sculptural incarnations of plastic packaging with eye-sockets and mouths open wide in a scream, cast in bronze. This traditionally noble and costly material places new accents, and enriches the objects with new symbolical and psychological values.