02.10 - 10.11.2012
“If you are not given to reach the top, then don’t fall down, but since you are up … stick it!”
A new project of Nikolay Belous – “Three Rs” is an original interpretation by the artist of “Dogville” film, directed by Lars von Trier. The title of the project itself ironically makes a pass at the surname of the director, and this irony is tied to the way how these three “Rs” are decorated, on defiance to the way this abbreviation is deciphered – luxury, robbery and debauchery and in the contradiction to the mere fact that the exhibition is dedicated to the concept of violence.
In the middlebrow’s opinion violence is always superficial and in the eyeshot, thus such a position convinces that at every single moment one can influence violence and get rid of it in one’s environment. In Belous’ opinion everything is more complicated and he aims to convey it in this project.
The main character of the project is Grace, the film protagonist who contains far more powerful artistic trope in it. Grace carries a destructive charge of resentment that falls in a cascade not only on all the people around, but on the protagonist herself as well. For Dogville’s residents image of Grace in terms of postmodernism is Other, thanks to which they comprehensively grasp all the structures of their existence, and simultaneously with the quiet life of residents we see all the low-down of their existence. As the consequence of one more polarity the citizens work out one more identity with the help of violence. Therefore, the protagonist, poisoned by feeling of resentment to her father, let everyone hurt her with all means, and afterwards together with her father assails the residents of the city. For the protagonist her stay in Dogville has become some sort of reappraisal of values, after which she came back to her father, into her genuine system of existence.
All this you can see on the canvases of Belous that despite the topic of the exhibition seem to be quite scenic as usual. 14 pieces of arts will be presented. Twelve of them (1.4 * 1.5 m square each) are, in author’s opinion, an iconostasis to the image of Grace, the two remaining pictures (2* 1.5 m) represent a panorama of Dogville’s residents.
It is high time to bridge to an epigraph, to the quote by Nikolay, which can also serve as a precise conclusion of all mentioned above, and these days seems not like a warning, but more like a sound advice.
The only artist out of modern Ukrainians who proved the uniqueness of his method, created a new project, again devoted to the filmed story. I am delighted that I happen to live in the same time as grand Nikolay Belous does and put him on one of the world top positions.