25.03.11 - 23.04.11
Tuesday to Saturday, 12.00-18.00
Reception for the artist: Wednesday 24 March, 18.00-20.30
Alexei Kostroma's video installation Home Cosmic Lab (2011) investigates and merges into a single poetic image divergent aspects of Russian virility, as symbolised by the eternal flame, a monument to fallen soldiers that burns in the Alexandrov Gardens by the Kremlin, and in the alternative by the tumbler of vodka that is the national drink. In the gallery, a small glass of vodka was fed by a drip, set alight and filmed from above. The constantly evolving and flickering tiny blue flame, and the faceted glass that contains it, is projected, much enlarged, onto a wall of the gallery. The opening of the video installation was accompanied by a performance by the artist. Kostroma was born in Kostroma, Russia; he lives and works in Berlin. His installation UNO is currently on display at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow.