Trip Start Jun 16, 2007
18Trip End Sep 23, 2007
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The artist's and theorist's work is strongly connected with the criticism on western modernism and temporary art. Gutov's main interest lies in the Marxist aesthetic, as to be found in the works by Michail Lifschitz, and discovers important points of reference in the tradition of the Soviet art of the 1920s, 1930s and 1960s. His multi-faceted work contains of paintings, installations, photographs and videos as well as outdoor works of art.
First, the two-meter high elements of a metal fence can be understood as a barricade. But what can actually be read are words which Gutov has mounted on the grated structures of the fences with found scrap metal elements and which testify to a striving for economic as well as aesthetic self-assertion. These words are quotations made by historical authors: hieroglyphs by the Chinese poet and painter Mi Fu, calligraphy by the Japanese samurai Yamaolka Tesshu and the Japanese Zen master, painter and scholar Gibon Sengai, extracts from Ludwig van Beethoven's letter to his "immortal beloved" and from The German Ideology (by Karl Marx, assisted by Friedrich Engels).