Monika Sosnowska, the latest artist to produce a Garage Atrium Commission, is best known as a sculptor and installation artist whose work reconsiders the achievements of twentieth-century architecture.
Deforming full-size functional engineering structures and construction elements, she presents to the viewer naked and distorted forms that can be interpreted as a poetic metaphor for the psychosomatic states experienced by contemporary humans—their fragility, vulnerability, disconnectedness—or as a test of modernist ideas and their resilience.
In her installation for Garage, Sosnowska remains faithful to her theme: the hyperboloid grid structure of a landmark constructivist building—a style which once embodied technology, durability, and economical design—is bent in half, toppled, and crammed into the Museum’s atrium. It looks awkward and uncomfortable, but the structure’s “discomfort” offers aesthetic pleasure to the viewer. Today, most constructivist buildings, such as the Shukhov Radio Tower, are hard to access, and the installation offers the opportunity to take a closer look at their particular elegance. For similar aesthetic reasons, Sosnowska polishes the surfaces of her structures to perfection. The mix of discomfort and delight creates a memorable viewing experience.
Curator: Anastasia Mityushina
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
9/32 Krymsky Val st., 119049