Hailing from Nizhny Novgorod, the artist duo Artem Filatov and Vladimir Chernyshev – standouts at last year’s IV Moscow International Biennale of Young Art – will have their first solo project in Moscow at Artwin Gallery. For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will be transformed into an archive, the result of an abstract, natural-philosophy-inspired research project by the artists in which a whole range of artifacts from nature and culture combine to uncover universal meanings and messages, rooted in traditional culture, but present even now. The artists patrolled the borderlands of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, collecting found objects, plants and other materials along the way. According to the artists, the name of the exhibition itself – “Tabula” – refers to the practice of alchemy and its founding principles, which are set forth in the tradition of hermeticism. In this context, a “tabula” is a structure that lays out universal rules and patterns, which is used by thinkers, philosophers and alchemists as a means to convey the results of their experiments.
The exhibition “Tabula” brings together a kind of collection of hermetical knowledge about the complex interworkings of Nature and Culture. Found objects, picked up during field visits, are joined by which enriched by herbarium of dried flowers, alchemic vessels and graphic works with the traces of drawings. Together, all of these elements constitute an imaginary catalogue that is created in the mind of every spectator of “Tabula” – a table of systematic natural-philosophical knowledge.