Nikolay Konstantinov’s exhibition displays a set of works unfolding on several media : drawings, CG photographs, plaster sculptures, and virtual reality.
Through the works’ poetic interplay, the exhibition seeks to unsettle our certainties about existence.The multiple layers of plaster used for the modelling of the heads reflect the works’ mutliple layers of meaning.
Organic and liquid forms give the impression of a moving energy frozen and captured by the gaze.
Shapes in the form of heads are watching us, without eyes, the shapes itself becoming a gaze.
The photographs - such as the one shown above - actually are snapshots of a virtual world filled with virtual sculptures nonetheless ready for a possible materialization.The only thing that distinguishes these works from 3D modelled artifacts intended for an industrial use is that they are crafted by a body immersed in virtual reality, but in full command of its haptic potential — the plastic intuition at the tip of our fingers and in our gestures. The sculpting and the sculpted body are shaped and bent by forces similar to atmospheric phenomena — winds, vortices and other liquid phenomena.The works displayed seek to capture and intensify : capture the fleeting question « What is it to exist ? » and intensify the gesture, unchain it so as to make it become part of a cloud of pure contingencies.We have no way of knowing if the pieces photographed in the virtual world of "Studio Views" also exist in parallel in the material world, nor if they ever will. What we do know is that most of these pieces are liable to gain access to material existence at any moment. They have deliberately been conceived so that no obstacle of any kind might prevent their materialization.... continued on following page