Anastasia Hermish
23.05.18 – 04.06.18

Attempts to understand what contemporary art is, happen all the time. The ideological currents in art are changing, they are becoming more and more, and every new utterance is less and less understood by uninitiated people. In the end, in order to make it easier to communicate without going deep into details, all these streams fall into the umbrella term "Contemporary Art".

And now, imagine, what is it for young artists who master the academic school of painting and drawing to grow in such a rattling mixture of concepts, categories and reactions? How to build a dialogue with institutions so that you will not be sorry for your 5-12 years spent on comprehending the basics of the non-existent profession "Artist"?

Anastasia Ermish, working on this project, is trying to find its niche, to develop its own pattern in the field of visual art. Receiving the profession of "artist", the author realizes that this process is a "swamp" where there is no clarity about exactly what the artist is doing in the 21st century. However, the author wants to go ahead, rather than remain in inactivity. Anastasia is among people who consider or call themselves artists, is engaged in the creation of visual (pictures) and sound (musical composition) statements, becomes a witness of impressive stories. Nastya is trying to get out of the absurd zone and bring her thoughts about contemporary art in a logical series ... but a joke goes!

Graphic images, letters, texts are intertwined in a ringing pun! Built according to the classical laws of the graphic composition of her work, it sounds as if our curious lives sound. Turning the symbolic situation into an image, Anastasia often encodes the phrase using abbreviations or English speech. So she laughs at the trend of using a foreign language in names, brands, models of behavior. Denunciation occurs in the selection of the author of rectilinear images, consisting of simple elements - perpendicular lines, points, symbols. Most of the pictures are common images taken from the Internet, which are now easy to juggle in the format of "reposts", "memes", to build subjective games with any flashing image.

An exhibition project consisting of more than 50 pages is an author's language, refusing to classify, define or prescribe anything. For Anastasia, works of modern art do not find application if they do not have a socially useful function. "Even though I'm making a T-shirt," the author says.

Most often for viewers, the modern looks like a bizarre individual person who either sees the world as such or simply tries to express himself that way. Many call it a provocation. And why do we need a provocation? Here you decide.

In my opinion, provocation is needed in order to encourage the viewer to go beyond certain usual ideas formed by our museums, structures, mass media - in general, to destroy stereotypes. Although, we form our own stereotype.