Art in Lucerne:
Sculpture Park LA Collection'Air
The Art-Park LA Collection’Air is a land of fantasy, irony, contemplation, experiment, mystic, and happiness. The big “Heart”, a sculpture by Vasily Klyukin visible from the oldest Kapellbrücke Bridge in the historical centre of the city, is a spectacular image that embodies park’s general concept and exposition’s spirit. Heartbeat is a key to sensual, warm, and emotionally charged journey, which LA Collection’Air invites its guests to take. The collection acquired by the owners of Château Gütsch Hotel, entrepreneur and philanthropist Alexander Lebedev and his wife Elena Perminova, has more than 24 art objects. All artworks were created by Russian sculptors, including already accomplished masters and young, talented authors in the beginning of their art path. The unique collection was gathered especially for LA Collection’ Air. The artworks were chosen with consideration of local landscape and panorama of the city of Luzern.
All pieces exhibited in LA Collection’Air are organised in three themes — “Figures and characters”, “Bestiary”, and “Signs and symbols”. Each of the themes suggests unexpected solutions, nontrivial stories, and food for thought.
“Figures and characters”
With playing kids, chained villains and glowing «David», the park gives its visitors a feel of interactive territory full of action, emotion, gestures and human reactions.
“D-1000”, 2017, by Michael Tsaturyan is a paraphrase of Michelangelo’s «David» with features of Terminator. The big statue was created in line with a technology used by Anish Kapoor to mould his shiny metal sculptures. The majority of Michael Tsaturyan works are done in mash-up aesthetic, which mixes epochs, characters and styles in the most bizarre and ironic way. Renaissance characters cross the line into the modern pop culture, religion answers to technology, poetry argues with platitude.
“Villains”, 2017, by Andrey Sharov are represented by anonymous handcuffed figures. All dressed in similar striped robes and postured in the same way; they resemble models on a catwalk. Hairstyles and moustache are the only details that allow you to guess the prototypes: here stand Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Al Capone, Jack The Ripper, Pablo Escobar, Elizabeth, countess Bathory. Almost all of these people escaped punishment in their lifetime, but are now being symbolically punished by the author. Tyrants and murderers will be imprisoned as long as people remember their crimes. Andrey Sharov is a fashion designer, artist of theatre and cinema. Lately the multidisciplinary artist-designer has been giving preference to painting and polychrome sculptures.
The installation “Game”, 2017, tells about borderline conditions, as do many of Vladimir Grig’s projects, when “recognisable” reality appears before us from an unusual angle. According to the author’s idea, figures of children playing hide-and-seek turn a spectator into a peeper. Is it an innocent pastime or rather a snapshot of social behavior? The author masterfully creates a feeling of danger and invites one to self-reflection.
Vladimir Grig is an artist, sculptor, musician, and a science art practitioner.
Animals and insects are the most desired park guests in the open air. Some of those art objects emulate real forest and field dwellers; others are purely figments of author’s imagination.
“Deer”, 2016, and “Bugs”, 2016, by Nikolay Polissky are wooden sculptures. Cut with an axe, they are full of primitivisms energy. Nikolay Polissky is a glorified representative of Russian land art. All of his art objects are made for natural environment. Animalism of his works balances between traditional “animal style” and fashionable ecological sculpture.
“Trunkbearer”, 2017, by Maxim Svishёv is a three-dimensional object made of metal and plastic, which preserved attributes of digital media. The fantastic beast is an example of open form shaping that reminds us of computer models and intensive screen colours. An optimistic image cleared of persistent associations and cultural stereotypes. Maxim Svishёv changes his techniques with ease: he creates as a painter, a graphic artist, a master of installation. In recent times he also switched to digital animation, video art and virtual sculpture.
In the project “Cubism”, 2016, Andrey Lublinsky assembled zoomorphic characters out of metal cubes: a hippo, a dog, a moose, and a rabbit. Huge dogs made of mirror-polished steel are a true land art, while it reflects a blue sky above Luzern. An artist from Saint Petersburg, he creates on the interface of design and art. In the basis of his plastic ideas is pixel, a digital era module. Modular concept reminds of both Soviet constructivism and first 8-bit computers.
“Signs and symbols”
Conceptual and mysterious objects demand decoding and individual reading. Thanks to these compositions, a visit to LA Collection’Air turns into a real journey.
“Heart”, 2017, a sculpture by Vasily Klyukin, is an interactive object three and a half meters in height. Its faceted shape resembles worldwide famous ruby stars of Kremlin. According to the author’s idea, the sculpture may be done in different scales. The “Heart” can be a piece of chamber interior design, as well as a grand architectural installation. Tourists will like the big “Heart” of LA Collection’Air, because any snapshot taken on its background is a love confession to Luzern and an unforgettable romantic memory.
Digital installation “UserPic”, 2008, is an info-sculpture that visualises a stream of information roaming around a modern man. It is one of the most known works of Electroboutique group. Software allows to broadcast images of world art masterpieces on the LED structure that resembles both Mobius strip and a “&” sign. By definition of its creators Alexei Shulgin and Aristarkh Chernyshev, Electroboutique is a company that produces modern art. The artists combine pop art aesthetic with modern technology. “UserPic” was demonstrated on many exhibitions and it is now a part of Russian art history of 2000s.
Two sculptures from “Rock garden for Ritual without the Myth” series, 2015, is an artwork by Margo Trushina. “Rock garden” consists of stone and metal objects organised in a harmonic sequence in the open space. Each rock means a certain stage of uninterrupted transformation. Traditional Japanese “dry landscape” engages in dialog with picturesque landscape of LA Collection’Air, mirror-polished steel reflects green grass in the park. The overall source of Margo Trushina inspiration is utopian borderline of Russian avant-garde. Retrospective point of view allows the sculptor to see ideas of Russian avant-gardists through prism of the history of ХХ and the beginning of ХХI centuries.
Biomorphic sculptures by Dmitry Kawarga are made of technological polymers. All of his pieces are attempts to materialise a process of thought, to visualise conscious and subconscious. Three objects of “Paleo-Geo-Morphology” series, 2012, cores № 6, № 8 and № 15, along with “Habitable sculpture for birds – 1”, 2013, are embodiment of bionics and chaos, paradox researches with surprising results. Dmitry Kawarga calls himself a “biomorphic radical». He likes to represent himself as an experimenter-explorer inside of his own experience, who is able to materialise invisible psychophysiological processes, pulling their three-dimensional projections out to the surface of reality.
“Russian lace”, 2015, “Wings”, 2015, and “South Totem”, 2017, by Dmitry Zhukov are done as three-dimensional drawings out of barbed wire, symmetrical in composition, dynamic in highlights. Artist Dmitry Zhukov is a poet of metal; he uses moulded Damascus steel in his work. His signature steel processing methods are drifting, deep etching and bluing. The “Wings” resembles ammunition of a birdman; it is the best fit for a selfie within the park. In “South Totem”, according to the author, he “tried to depict growth as a process”. “Russian lace” series alters a motive of traditional craft. Not only does Dmitry Zhukov change the material for open weave, he also invites us to see new meanings of it.
“Grand piano”, 2012, by Anna Zholud is a ghost of luxurious orchestra instrument. It is one of the most poetic sculptures in the park. Creations of Anna Zholud balance between minimalism and acute social statement. In Russia and abroad her artwork is known by sculptures that are done in a form of metal rods structures. «Grand piano» stands on a white foundation and has a background of the same colour that highlights spectacular graphics of the objects.
Current exposition of LA Collection’Air Art Park is an excellent overture to future and intense art life. The collection under the sky will be expanding with artworks of Swiss local artists as well as modern authors from other countries.
Park creators sincerely hope for LA Collection’Air to become a new landmark of Luzern, and that it will be of interest to the broadest audience along with the art lovers.