Alexander Povzner comes from a family of Moscow artists. He has a traditional art education, but has gradually become one of the leading figures on the Russian contemporary art scene. Povzner works with a wide range of sculptural materials, including plaster, wood, and plastic. While creating his most recent series of works, made out of painted plaster, he decided to start from scratch and literally shut himself up in his studio, focusing on his own private and professional life and the elements that constitute his daily ritual: rest, recreation, work, the armchair in which he sometimes spends the entire day, his car (a large pickup that can hold everything a sculptor needs), the all-too-familiar places in the Kitay-gorod area of Moscow, and elements of the local landscape such as the security barrier and arch through which he has passed thousands of times. Taken together, these pieces of reality constitute a spatial hybrid that tells an intelligible story which anyone—from a child to the most sophisticated adult—can relate to. Povzner says that, while working on this project, he focused particularly on the relationship between sculpture and architecture and between space and its content and framework. The result is a unity of sculpture and architectural elements: the logic of Classical Greek architecture unfolds in the description of the life of a Moscow artist; a pickup turns into an arch; and an armchair combines with the artist’s home.
Alexander Povzner (b. 1976, Moscow, Russia) lives and works in Moscow. He graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture of the Ilya Glazunov Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (1997), the Surikov Moscow State Art Institute (1999), and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2009). Solo exhibitions include: Artworks, Fabrika Project, Moscow (2011); Brutto, XL Gallery, Moscow (2012); Gone Shoppin’ Be Back in 5 min, XL Gallery, Moscow (2013); and ZDES V ETOM DOME V 2014 GODU ZHIL I RABOTAL HUDOZHNIK ALEXANDER POVZNER, Büro für kulturelle Übersetzungen, Leipzig (2014). Group exhibitions include: Not a Museum.* Laboratory of Aesthetic Suspiсions, New Industry Art Space, Saint Petersburg (2014); Detective, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2014); Thinking Out Loud, Zverev Contemporary Art Center, Moscow (2015); and The Sculptures We Do Not See, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow (2015).