M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste ├ęchte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

Hyperspace and the Anteater, 2016

Painting, Diptych, 200x130 cm, 200x130 cm.

©image: Ivan Gorshkov

The drawings, paintings, and objects in Hyperspace and the Anteater series were created using the artist’s signature method – ‘find and improve’: the artist mixes prints, oil paints, and stickers creating a multi-layered tautological collage. Inside, they feature separate digital collages – ‘photoshop contests’.

The name of the project refers to the fable The Dragonfly and the Ant, though it has been changed beyond recognition. It's as if we begin with a story about a grasshopper and an ant, but then the subject changes so drastically that we lose the thread of the narrative. Sometimes a work is even a combination of incompatible images, textures and scenes, but they are bound together by the painting technique itself – multiple layering. The artist creates a situation where the rules are constantly changing and we must find new approaches, so we have to resort to plans B, C and D. A portrait flows into a landscape, the landscape becomes a battle scene, then it turns into a texture and morphs back into a portrait. The elements of a painting swirl around, winking at each other, so the viewer can’t let his guard down.

The approach to scale is also worth noting. The paintings and sculptures have both macro- and microcosms: the eye on a large portrait is a separate portrait in itself, while all the elements of the picture are involved in a complex fluid relationship. Most of the stickers depict faces. The result is that everything is oversaturated with attitudes and personalities. As often happens in life, these staring faces await us in unexpected places.

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> Ivan Gorshkov.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> Ensemble: 2017.

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> Ensemble: Present Continuous V-A-C/M HKA.