Vika Begalska and Alexander Vilkin
Sightless sack is a new project by a Moscow-based duo, Vika Begalska and
Alexander Vilkin, where the artists return to their common iconography, imagery
and characters prevalent in their figurative visual art that combines the poetics
with craftsmanship. The exhibiting space turns into a place where an event in time
happens and the viewer turns into a witness.
Complicated in its visual structure, this series of paintings and graphic pieces
maintains the sensation of suspense. After a more thorough examination one can
notice the dualistic characteristics of the works: the softness of shades turns into
fatigue of the colors, decorations turn into decays, and sensitive imagery turns into
a post-apocalyptic mirage. Sculptures and objects made with various materials–
papier-mache, gypsum, ceramics– are put right into the exhibiting space with no
monuments or plinths of any kind so that the artworks are put in the same space
with the viewer. Figurative paintings turn into a stage and theatrical sceneries.
Objects appear as an explication of the paintings and as a proof of the whole scene
taking place in real life. Through involving the spectator into the process of
reconstruction of past events based entirely on visual data, the artists encourage
each and everyone to construct their own perceptional space of the exposition in
accordance to their relativist attitude towards aesthetics in art.
Vika Begalska and Alexander Vilkin is a Moscow-based artistic duo whostarted working together in 2014 One of their most significant mutual projects by
the duo– a performative puppet play entitled Aphrodite’s Girdle, got noticed and
made it to a short-list of a prestigious Russian prize in contemporary art– the
Innovation Prize. In 2017, the video footage of the performance was shown at the
Teresa Union’s personal show at M HKA museum in Antwerp, Belgium.
As an artistic duo, the two have had five solo exhibitions with two of thembeing held at the pop/off/art gallery. In 2017, the artists have exhibited their works
in Lightcube gallery in Ronse, Belgium. In 2018 the artists had two personal shows
organized with the support of pop/off/art gallery– in Moscow’s Art4 Museum and in
Nizhniy Novgorod’s 9B gallery. Works by the duo could be found in M HKA
Museum’s collection and in numerous private collections.
Vika Begalska was born in Dnetropetrovsk in Soviet Ukraine. The artist hasbeen living and working in Moscow since 2000 She primarily works with
contemporary painting, video art and performance practices. Begalska has been
represented by pop/off/art gallery since 2007.
Alexander Vilkin was born in Snezhinsk in Chelyabinsk region. The artist hasbeen working and living in St. Petersburg since 2005 Vilkin graduated from
Chelyabinsk State Higher School for Arts, the North West Institute for Printing and
Book Graphics, and the BAZA Institute of Contemporary Art. Together with Igor
Mezheritskiy and Grigoriy Yuschenko, he founded the Prosthesis art group. Since
2014 artist has been living and working in Moscow.